VRAG Annual Reports

VENDOR-SUPPLIED RECORDS ADVISORY WORKING GROUP (VRAG) Annual Reports

  • 2015 - 2016

    VENDOR-SUPPLIED RECORDS ADVISORY WORKING GROUP (VRAG)
    CATALOGING AND CLASSIFICATION STANDING COMMITTEE
    ANNUAL REPORT 2015-2016

    • VRAG has looked at and made comments regarding several groups of sample records from Wolters Kluwer. Several VRAG members were in communication with Wolters Kluwer, about the MARC records that they have developed for Intelliconnect and now Cheetah. This involved multiple conference calls over the course of the past year.
    • Last year, VRAG was asked to include Margie Maes, the AALL vendor liaison, in all communications with vendors. After the position was eliminated in October 2015, VRAG has included the CRIV representative for that particular vendor in all communication.
    • Angela Jones and Caroline Walters wrote a short history and description of VRAG for theĀ CRIV Sheet, in the February 2016 issue.
    • The spreadsheet of vendor record sets sets continues to be available.

    Submitted by Angela Jones and Caroline Walters.

  • 2014 - 2015

    VENDOR-SUPPLIED RECORDS ADVISORY WORKING GROUP (VRAG)
    CATALOGING AND CLASSIFICATION STANDING COMMITTEE
    ANNUAL REPORT 2014-2015

    Submitted by Angela Jones and Caroline Walters.

    • VRAG was in contact with multiple vendors are interested in the idea of creating MARC records for some or all of their digital collections. These include West, Lexis, and Wolters Kluwer. We have had one or more discussions with each of these vendors, but at this time none of them have yet produced a set of sample MARC records.
    • VRAG also had a few short conversations with other vendors that produce MARC records, including Cassidy Cataloguing and Bloomberg BNA.
    • We communicated with Bloomberg BNA and Oxford University Press, offering suggestions about a centralized place to find all their MARC records.
    • VRAG has been asked to coordinate vendor communications with Margie Maes, the AALL Vendor Liaison. In the future, the group will include Margie in vendor correspondence and communication.
    • The spreadsheet of vendor record sets sets continues to be available.

  • 2013 - 2014

    VENDOR-SUPPLIED RECORDS ADVISORY WORKING GROUP (VRAG)
    CATALOGING AND CLASSIFICATION STANDING COMMITTEE
    ANNUAL REPORT 2013-2014

    Submitted by Angela Jones

    The vendor records group was re-named (was formerly the Task Group on Vendor-Supplied Bibliographic Records) and a new mission statement and group structure was drafted.

    Several members of this year’s VRAG group were members of the Task Force on Vendor-Supplied Bibliographic Records Creation and Distribution Models (Yael Mandelstam, Alan Keely, and Angela Jones). Because the Task Force report strongly encourages database vendors to supply MARC records with their products, we are very hopeful this will encourage additional vendors to work with VRAG in providing high-quality MARC record sets for their products.

    As part of the task force above, several members of VRAG, mostly notably Yael Mandelstam, contributed to a spreadsheet listing MARC record availability for many law-related databases. Other VRAG members have since contributed information for the spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is still a work in progress, but is now publicly accessible through both the Task Force report as well as the VRAG web page. VRAG plans to continue to update this spreadsheet as needed.

    VRAG distributed a crosswalk that can be used to add LCGFT genre headings to bib records for the MOML 7 database (Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources). These headings were added to the records by Christopher Thomas.

  • 2007

    TASK GROUP ON STANDARDS FOR VENDOR-SUPPLIED BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORDS
    CATALOGING AND CLASSIFICATION STANDING COMMITTEE
    2007 ANNUAL REPORT

    To date various committee members have been assigned to assist with Charges 1 and 2.

    The members dealing with charge 2 have had the most activity. Many members of the Task Force and members of subcommittee no. 2 held a conference call with James Cahoy re: the Westlaw records that Thompson/West was considering offering for purchase. After the conference call, James Cahoy contacted Joni Cassidy about the records and I believe that Thompson has decided that they would not try to do the records on their own. Subcommittee no. 2 also reviewed and made progress with Cassidy’s WLX (Westlaw/Lexis) records. As a result of our communication with them they addressed and resolved the two main issues with their records: authority control and, in some files, incorrect coding for integrating resources. Joni Cassidy assured us that in the future all update files will run through name and subject authority review before they are distributed to WLX subscribers.

    The Task Group will meet in person for the first time since its inception on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. during which we will discuss the above charges and also problems with the MOML records supplied by Gale.