2014 Annual Report

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Report of the AALL Representative to the
American Library Association,
Association for Library Collections and Technical Services,
Cataloging and Metadata Management Section,
Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA)
ALA Midwinter Meeting, Philadelphia, January 2014
ALA Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2014

30 July 2014

Liaison name: John Hostage

Liaison organization: ALA Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA)

Primary contact: Peter Rolla, chair

The work of CC:DA continued to be focused on RDA (Resource Description & Access) in the past year. The revision proposal that I prepared last year concerning access points for treaties was considered by the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of RDA (JSC). I traveled to Washington, D.C., in November 2013 to be available when the proposal was discussed at the JSC meeting. It was important to be able to explain some of the legal details and the needs of law libraries. Even after the proposal was accepted, there was still extensive consultation with the AALL representative while the text was prepared for publication in the RDA Toolkit. This finally became a reality in April 2014. The entire process seems to have brought increased respect for AALL in the cataloging community.

The CC:DA task force on place names that I was serving on has been reconstituted as an international working group reporting directly to the JSC. I continue to serve on this working group, which will try to internationalize and simplify the rules.

Law catalogers in AALL continue to examine ways in which to improve RDA. In the coming year we will be considering a proposal to eliminate the conventional collective title (uniform title) "Laws, etc." from the cataloging rules.

In this and other efforts, AALL will be represented by the new representative to CC:DA, Robert Bratton. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the association as representative for the last six years.