Cataloging and Classification Standing Committee
2012 Annual Meeting Minutes
July 22, 2012 — Boston, Massachusetts
The meeting was called to order at 7:07 AM by George Prager.
The Standing Report for the committee is already available on the TS website (http://www.aallnet.org/sis/tssis/committees/cataloging/annualreport/20112012.htm). George asked that individuals inform him by September 1st of their status with the committee (i.e. continue, leave, etc.).
Ellen McGrath - Subject Advisory Committee (SAC)
Ellen stated that her full report was available on the TS website (http://www.aallnet.org/sis/tssis/representatives/2012/sac2012.htm). She said that this being her first year as the SAC representative, her main work was attending ALA and writing the report.
Ellen highlighted several points from her report. One point was two particular subcommittees: the Genre/Form Implementation Subcommittee and the RDA Subcommittee. The Genre/Form group is more active while the RDA group is in monitoring mode. The Genre/Form group prepared and presented three discussion papers to MARBI. These papers were approved and now the Subcommittee will development them into MARBI proposals.
Ellen also reported on the use of the 072 field for subject category codes in subject authority records. George asked about the timeline for implementation, and Jolande said the implementation document is available on the LC Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access webpage. (http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/field_072_announcement.pdf)
Pat Sayre-McCoy - Machine Readable Bibliographic Information Committee (MARBI)
Pat stated that her full report will be available on the TS website shortly.
Pat said that the Music Committee has been the most active due to the RDA changes. The most significant proposal for law is Proposal 2012-02: Identifying Titles Related to the Entity Represented by the Authority Record in the MARC21 Format. This would create a new 672 field "to list titles that are related in some way to the entity represented by the authority record, and also titles known not to be related to it." Currently this information, if given at all, is buried in the 670 field. This will be discussed further at ALA Midwinter.
Pat's report is now available on the TS website (http://www.aallnet.org/sis/tssis/representatives/2012/marbi2012.htm).
John Hostage - ALA Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA)
John reported on the work of the CC:DA, and his report is available on the TS website (http://www.aallnet.org/sis/tssis/representatives/2012/ccda2012.htm). RDA will be officially implemented by the three U.S. national libraries (LC, NAL, NLM) in March, 2013. CC:DA is also working on a replacement for MARC 21. Also the AALL proposal concerning the rules for certain place names is close to adoption. The exception for the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom will be maintained, while Malaysia will be dropped. There was some discussion within the Committee of adding China to the exceptions list.
John reported that he has served on some task forces, including one reviewing the use of the Chicago Manual of Style in RDA, and another to revise the document Building International Descriptive Cataloging Standards.
Finally, John discussed the RDA treatment of treaties (entry under first signatory) and the use of uniform titles of Laws, etc. and Treaties, etc. as major concerns for law catalogers, and something we need to discuss and be aware of in anticipation of RDA's implementation.
Task Group on Vendor-Supplied Bibliographic Records
Alan Keely and Angela Jones reported for Cindy Spadoni, the chair of the Task Group on Vendor Supplied Bibliographic Records, who could not attend the conference. They reported on the group's work analyzing and making recommendation on the following vendor record sets:
- Gale and the Making of Modern Law (MOML).
- Cassidy and Hein Online, particularly in the area of 260 and 264 fields.
- Practising Law Institute and their ebook library, PLI Discover.
- Proquest Legislative Insight-a liaison relationship was established to work with Proquest on this legislative history product they had acquired from LexisNexis. Alan Keely is working with a senior cataloger at Proquest. Also there was an issue with Proquest working with customers to purge old Lexis and Library Solutions records with out-of-date links (1/2 million links were being deleted). Another solution is to use a crosswalk schema for fixing these records.
Classification and Subject Cataloging Policy Advisory Working Group
Suzanne Graham reported as the new chair of the group. There is now an "Ask an Expert" Members Question Forum project available to everyone (http://www.aallnet.org/sis/tssis/classificationquestions/). Suzanne also reported on the SACO Law Funnel Project, also with a link on the website (http://www.aallnet.org/sis/tssis/sacolawfunnel/). There is a TS-SIS program this afternoon (Sunday, July 22nd) titled "Creating Legal Subject Headings." Suzanne and George are writing an article for a forthcoming issue of Spectrum on the Law Funnel Project.
Descriptive Cataloging Policy Advisory Working Group (DCAG)
Melissa Beck reported as the new chair of this group. Melissa stated she had been working closely with John Hostage in his role as the AALL representative to CC:DA. We are looking at a lot of work and upheaval coming with RDA implementation with much to follow from many different institutions. Melissa stated she was particularly interested in examining training issues.
Genre/Form Law Terms
Yael Mandelstam reported on this project that came out of the CSCP. Yael asked that everyone start applying them to our records. In addition, Yael has been working with Ed O'Neill at OCLC to develop strategies for automating the addition of genre/form terms to the database.
Library of Congress Update
Jolande Goldberg gave the Library of Congress update.
- Crosswalks from K to KZ: there are major revisions to both schedules. These changes will lead to a review of subject headings. Some subject headings that were mostly neutral have had the subdivision of "International law" added. Two examples of this are "Arbitration" and "Human trafficking."
- Indigenous Peoples law (KIA-KIX): the schedules are being edited and cleaned up, and the conversion will start soon. One area is that of Sovereignty of indigenous people. Name authority work of ancient and modern Native American headings is being done, with about 1,000 records completed so far. Jolande was hopeful to add links in Cataloger's Desktop. KIA-KIX are the last schedules for the law of the Americas. An outline is available on the LC website (http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/kia_draft.html).
- Linked Data Services for subject headings and name authority file: Jolande said that adding classification numbers has been approved. This can be viewed at http://id.loc.gov. Eventually it will be transferred to law.gov for free use by everyone.
- KBX Protestant law: to be finalized for review by the end of 2012.
- Reclassification of JX in cooperation with the Rare Book Division.
- Cherokee Romanization has been approved.
Jolande concluded by thanking George for his help at LC.
George made a few announcements and then adjourned the meeting at 8:29 AM.
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