Chair Carol Shapiro opened the meeting on Tuesday, July 22, at 5:15 p.m. by mentioning the three cataloging-related programs offered at Baltimore and the number of TS-SIS sponsored meetings. She also announced that the new International Relations/Law of Nations Library of Congress classification schedules, KZ/JZ, will soon be published.
Liaison reports (some published in TSLL or posted on the TS-SIS Home Page, http://www.aallnet.org/sis/tssis/tssis.htm) were given by Ann Sitkin, liason to the American Library Association, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, Cataloging Committee: Description and Access [CCDA], who attended both the Midwinter and Annual meetings; by Rhonda Lawrence, liaison to ALA ALCTS Machine Readable Bibliographic Data Committee [MARBI];Rhonda also discussed the upcoming Toronto conference on AACR. ( See minutes of the Round Table); and by Marie Whited, SAC (ALA ALCTS Subject Access Committee liaison.
Reports from ongoing work followed: Brian Striman announced that he is still pursuing his plan to publish "classification notes" of expert catalogers in connection with the Rothman LC schedules. He has volunteers and asked for a co-chair for the project. (Several people responded.) Christina Tarr announced that she and Melinda Davis, in association with the Working Group on Cataloging Documentation, had sent out a survey to all AALL libraries regarding their in-house cataloging documentation. They have had many responses and are planning to compile the data and publish the results, and make documentation available (for sharing) via the TS-SIS Web site. Bill Benemann announced that Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley Law Library) is now adding genre terms to certain records. He announced that Innopac can handle the 655. He wants to add more genre terms on law subjects to the Genre Term thesaurus produced by ACRL. Bill is compiling a list of possible new law genre terms and form terms (|v) which he will pass along to Tom Yee at the Library of Congress. Jean Pajerek announced that she and Bill Benemann have condicted a survey to what libraries have done in terms of reclassifying their foreign law collections into LC classification. So far, 30 libraries have responded. The idea behind the survey is that if we know who has already done what, it will be easier to undertake cooperative reclassification. The survey is still available at: http://184.108.40.206/reclass.html. It is not too late to answer the survey. Survey results are at http://220.127.116.11/results2.html . Jean and Bill requested that libraries agree to reclassify certain areas proactively, e.g. to agree to apply LC classification to a certain area or country even if they have not reclassed that area yet, so that everyone can benefit.
Jolande Goldberg announced that the as of the end of July, the Library of Congress will end its test period for the new KZ/JZ schedules. Although the final draft is essentially ready, Jolande will write a manual and would still like input from catalogers. She explained that the expansion and upkeep of the schedule is part of the regular work of catalogers. Jolande will begin KB, the new Theocratic Law schedule, by reserving numbers. She will be pulling material from three different schedules to put into KB; most of it will come from the existing B schedules. The draft should be completed by next year. Jolande noted that she had not yet implemented the table revisions discussed last year at AALL -- her plan to have all K schedules use a unified set of tables, as is the case with the literature schedules, which all use the set of "P" tables. She also plans to incorporate the tables into the text of the schedules so that the material in them can be indexed.
Jolande announced some new items from the Weekly Lists: Hong Kong has become Hong Kong (China). Zaire is now Congo (Democratic Republic). Ukraine has moved into the European schedule, where it is now classified at KKY. The Ukrainian National Library will adopt this schedule and be responsible for maintaining it. Because many international law subject headings are based on antiquated terminology or are incorrent, Jolande proposed the idea of small working groups to clean-up these headings.
Rhonda Lawrence made a plea for people to submit program ideas for next year's annual meeting. Regina Wallen, next year's TS-SIS Education Committee Chair, seconded this and gave her e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) for those who have proposals to submit, either for Anaheim or for the annual meeting in 1999. They both agreed that it was critical for TS-SIS not to lose visibility, especially with the new plans for educational programs. Proposals for Anaheim are due to the larger Education Committee by August 18. Regina also suggested the idea of having LC regional workshops, like this year's NACO training, before annual meetings.
The meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m. Seventy-four people signed the attendance sheet.
Minutes recorded by Christina Tarr (Boalt Hall, Berkeley University)