Vendor Supplied Records (VRAG)

VENDOR-SUPPLIED RECORDS ADVISORY WORKING GROUP (VRAG)

Resources

Mission

  1. Assist and encourage vendors to use appropriate national cataloging standards.
  2. Provide outreach to vendors who wish to produce cataloging metadata by encouraging them to provide sample bibliographic records for evaluation, and by recommending changes and revisions as appropriate.
  3. Encourage vendors to use name, subject, and genre headings in accordance with established national and international authority files (e.g., LC/NACO authority file, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and genre/form terms from established thesauri). Encourage vendors to work with authority control vendors when appropriate.
  4. Review and evaluate supplied cataloging records, based on analysis conducted by members of the working group and/or input solicited from TS-SIS members. Publish and disseminate information about individual sets for use by the TS-SIS cataloging community.
  5. Facilitate communication between the TS-SIS community and vendors who provide bibliographic record sets. Give advice, as requested, to specific libraries on the use of specific vendor-supplied sets.

Reporting Responsibilities

  1. Submit an annual written report of the working group's activities to the chair of the Cataloging and Classification Standing Committee.
  2. Submit copies of the annual report to the TSLL newsletter editor and to the TS-SIS web manager.
  3. Give oral reports to general TS-SIS membership during the Cataloging and Classification Standing Committee meeting and/or roundtable during AALL Annual Meeting.
  4. Prepare agenda for VRAG meeting during AALL Annual Meeting.
  5. Keep chair of the Cataloging and Classification Standing Committee abreast of working group's activities.

Structure

  1. Any members in good standing of TS-SIS may apply in writing to serve during a call for volunteers made by the chair of the Cataloging and Classification Standing Committee.
  2. Members should include in their application a brief statement that includes their reasons for wanting to serve on this working group and how they can contribute to the group's work.
  3. Members are selected and appointed by the current chair of the working group, in consultation with the chair of the Cataloging and Classification Standing Committee.

Membership Responsibilities

  1. Actively contribute to the working group's responses to vendors seeking feedback on the cataloging of specific record sets and cataloging practices.
  2. Actively contribute to the working group's responses to members of the law library community requesting assistance in working with vendor records or with the vendors themselves.
  3. Actively engage in discussions initiated by any member of the working group, and contribute to the resolution of questions and concerns referred to the working group regarding vendor-supplied records.

Membership Roster

(as of December 11, 2017)

Diana Jaque, co-chair
USC Gould School of Law
djaque[at]law.usc.edu

Christopher Thomas, co-chair
University of California, Irvine
cthomas[at] law.uci.edu

Nancy Babb
University of Buffalo
babb[at]buffalo.edu

Virginia Bryant
George Washington University
vbryant [at] law.gwu.edu

Heather Buckwalter
Creighton University Law Library
heatherbuckwalte[at]creighton.edu

Rachel Decker
Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University
rdecker[at]chapman.edu

Alan Keely
Wake Forest University
alan.keely[at]wfu.edu

Sarah E. M. Lin, MSLIS
Reed Smith LLP
slin[at]reedsmith.com
 
Yael Mandelstam
Fordham University School of Law
ymandelstam[at]law.fordham.edu
 
Ashlie M. Mildfelt, MLIS
University of Texas at Austin
amildfelt[at]law.utexas.edu
 
Keiko Okuhara
University of Hawaii
keikooku@hawaii.edu
 
Jean Pajerek
Cornell University
jmp8 [at] cornell.edu

Bill Sleeman
Supreme Court of the United States
wsleeman[at]supremecourt.gov

Julie Stauffer
University of Chicago
gatt [at] uchicago.edu

Linda Wen
American University
lwen [at] wcl.american.edu