American Library Association
Annual Conference, June 2001
Summary of cataloging meetings, etc.

BIBCO at Large
results of survey on use and quality; BIBCO participants manual underway on web with some sections ready for consultation


chair’s report: new shorter schedule for Midwinter would complicate matters and cause problems for other association representatives - programs, etc. under development: 2003 program on AACR2 changes; OLAC tutorial on chapter 9; 2002 precon on maps; program or institute on continuing resources

LC report: ALA briefing report on LC website; Voyager 2000 in February 2002 (will include implementation of searching authority records); P&P opac has thumbnails; BIBCONTROL proceedings have been published; eCIP has 900 participating publishers

JSC report: next meeting in October; 2001 amendments to AACR are being proofread after typesetting (includes complete revision of index); AACR will move to new annual recumulation at price about same as paperback (on standard size paper); website will now be developed after earlier reluctance; secretary position will be established and will be in country of chairman; alpha prototype of reorganized AACR will go to a select group

initiatives underway: format variations and expression-based cataloging working group just getting underway (Jennifer Bowen, chair; formerly known as mulver); value of GMDs (discussion papers by Jean Weihs and Barbara Tillett)

Rule of 3 TF: support for idea of cataloger judgment; less support for LC call for all or nothing; taskforce will revise report and fix examples by fall

write your congressman: Senator Lieberman is sponsoring a bill to establish a chief information officer who will be responsible for all standards

LITA Open Source I.G.
presentations on MyLibrary at NCSU by Eric Lease Morgan; Open Book project in eastern Washington (Willem Scholten) developing multilingual opac for underserved communities, linked to literacy training (Technology Resource Foundation; Larry Wall on Perl scripts


[n.b. papers at]
* Proposal 2001-04 - 260 field made repeatable
* Proposal 2001-05 - code “i” approved for Ldr/07 (integrating resources) - code “k” approved for continuously updated in Frequency (008/18 and 006/01) - codes “l” for loose-leaf and “d” for database and “w” for updating website approved for Type of continuing resource (008/21 and 006/04) - code “2” approved for “integrated entry” in 008/34 and 006/17 (Successive/Latest entry)
* Proposal 2001-06 - 041 made repeatable and codes will be unstacked - other schemes in new occurrences of field with indicator 7 and $2
* Proposal 2001-07 - 508 made repeatable
* Proposal 2001-08 - coding for DVD approved, including 007/04 g for laser disc (analog encoding), 007/04 v for DVD (digital encoding), 007/07 size
* Proposal 2001-09 - approved mapping of East Asian characters to Unicode
* Proposal 2001-10 - coding for lots more values for material of sound recording - tabled for more comment (including ARSC)
* Proposal 2001-11 - approved 887 with more work to be done on character set - tag and content will not be separated in non-MARC data; assumption that you have to go to the tag set definition to translate the metadata
* DP2001-DP04 - some date types will come back as proposals for 046; bib and community info inconsistencies will be tolerated
* DP2001-DP05 - support for idea of linked multilingual authority records - recognition that context marking as proposed with slashes presented problems but support for context marking
* DP2001-DP06 - little support for any mechanisms for separating caption from volume numbering in a series entry - need to work with vendors to determine an “algorithm” for distinguishing - PCC will probably establish a working group to look at this
* DP2001-DP07 - support for extension of the 844 for name of unit to cover basic serial bibliographic items, not just supplements and indexes
* DP2001-DP08 - support for moving publication pattern to the highest level of enumeration
* DP2001-DP09 - support for coding frequency as well as number of expected pieces in 853-855
* DP2001-DP10 - support for coding publication patterns that are shared by multiple titles
* DP2001-DP11 - discussion of spans in enumeration and chronology - general recognition in DP8-11 that while much of the complexity can be coded, some cannot and some will be incredibly complex

LC report and business meeting: LC is turning over responsibility for non-US library codes to other national agencies; UK will adopt MARC 21 and abandon UKMARC; MARC Lite will be developed, primarily for use in developing countries (but might also be useful in smaller systems and non-bibliographic situations); ClassWeb product likely to be released in fall 2001; all formats will be updated in fall 2001

Online Audiovisual Catalogers Cataloging Policy Committee (OLAC CAPC)
NACO tools for AV catalogers on OLAC website; GMDs vs MARC coding for format (variations in treatment, fuller results of GMD survey will be available on OLAC website); LC has been looking at print and electronic integrating resources but not slide sets and CDs

Technical Services Directors of Large Research Libraries D.G. (“Big Heads”)

project updates: overlap of collections and acceptance of copy cataloging (work still underway); e-acquisitions and license tracking (survey done, database of record is important problem, 260 publisher info is sometimes inadequate for identification, UCLA has done data dictionary); copy acceptance survey (10 libs do some cataloging in acq/receiving process, call number availability is big problem, postcat authority work, LC core treated about same as LC full, some prefer full to LC core; more analysis of data to be done); LC has developed action plan from BIBCONTROL conference

what is a catalog? what should it be? - what happens when you load NetLibrary, etc. records? - less central to mission of tech services? - other searching mechanisms - SFX, Encompass, etc. - preferential access vs access/no access when multiple routes available to resources - what is a journal? as articles become available separately - does user need to know where s/he is or should interface make source invisible - inclusion of CRL records (Chicago removed them) - granularity (e.g. books vs slides vs articles) - one hit for book vs Google search that might point to same resource multiple times

location of tech services: some departments moving to remote locations, usually works if location is better but causes some disjunction of staff, particularly staff with split responsibilities

compiled by Sherman Clarke