CC:DA Report from 2011 ALA Midwinter Conference
This update outlines the highlights of the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) meeting at the recent 2011 ALA Midwinter Conference in San Diego. All CC:DA documentation, including this meeting's complete agenda and reports, is available here: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/tas/jca/ccda/index.html.
Report from the Library of Congress Representative, Barbara Tillett
Report of the ALA Representative to the Joint Steering Committee, John Attig
- Many upcoming retirements will have an impact on policy review capabilities and response times to questions.
- The University of Pennsylvania, Queens Public Library and the Frick Art Reference Library joined the Electronic Cataloging In Publication (ECIP) Cataloging Partners Program.
- The Dept. vs. Department issue will be revisited once there's been a decision on RDA.
- The open comment period for the Thai romanization table will run through the end of March.
- There will be a soft launch of the new LC OPAC in February: TOMCAT, with faceting.
- RDA test stuff:
- The gathering stage of the test was completed at the end of December.
- All RDA Test records are available on the LC site for download: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/RDAtest/rdatestrecords.html
- There will be changes to LC policies and LCPS published to reflect decisions, in order to make US policies more consistent
RDA Revision Proposals from American Association of Law Libraries
- Working through RDA error reports.
- The JSC has not scheduled its next meeting. Trying for July 2011, but it's looking unlikely.
- They expect to receive proposals from other constituencies by June; the suggested RDA rule revision proposal process for CC:DA is:
- Proposals from JSC posted and announced.
- When new proposal is announced, CC:DA chair will post on the CC:DA wiki, leaving room for comments.
- Comments should be posted within 2 weeks (but maybe longer).
- At the end of the comment period, it comes to the committee for action -- a small group will assess the comments and decide on priority timing and sequence.
- Following a vote, the JSC Rep will draft the ALA response and send it to the JSC; it will be posted on the JSC website and announced.
- The "process will be relatively informal" -- and figured out as proposals float in.
- Upcoming work will include: how to structure RDA chapters on subject attributes [not a CC:DA charge, but no other group appears to be able to address] -- trying to figure out how it's going to be worked through because it's a split jurisdiction
- Three different approaches need to be reconciled for FRBR group 3 entities (concepts, objects, events, places) -- may be reviewed at Annual in a joint meeting with SAC.
Report of the Task Force (TF) on RDA Instructions for Heads of State and Heads of Government
- Revision of RDA 220.127.116.11: Places in certain federations
- Discussion about rule clarity and philosophy for headings of states within federations, places in "overseas territories," and islands/island groups -- but no resolution.
- The discussion will be continued online and if a consensus is reached the proposal will be amended and revisited.
- Revision of RDA 18.104.22.168: Reports of one court.
- Endorsed as amended based on the discussion; will be forwarded to the JSC for approval (this marks the first RDA proposal submitted to the JSC).
Report of TF on RDA Instructions for Governmental and Non-Governmental Corporate Bodies
- The TF wants to see if they can provide consistent instructions for both of these groups.
- Tentative proposal for constructing headings: jurisdiction -- title of office -- dates -- name; the TF will work on it and get back to the group.
Report from ALA Publishing Services, Troy Linker
- The goal is to create one unified list of instructions for bodies and there are two major issues to work through: (1) types of corporate bodies entered subordinately and (2) hierarchical questions.
- Have identified issues and in the next couple of months they'll come back to CC:DA with a proposal to consider.
Report from the RDA Training TF
- Encouraged by number of subscribers. Solo user = 20% of subscribers; double user offer valid through August 2011. RDA print edition is available and now being reprinted.
- Next: user survey is underway, open for another month; another webinar planned; more help videos; RDA toolkit blog in the works; links to encoding standards from the element set view.
- Working on: would like to get an RDA button in vendor software so the element set for a particular field would come up through that link; RDA print index integrated into the toolkit itself; how to visually communicate an update; attributions and organizing of workflows
Report from the RDA Programming TF
- Another series of webinars to begin in February: changes from AACR2 to RDA; serials; linked data; preparing copy-catalogers among the topics.
Other new business and/or reports from the floor
- At the ALA Annual, planning a 2-day "RDA 201" preconference (folks may attend either or both days) and a non-MARC forum for RDA.
Submitted by Dan Lipcan (Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
- Potential joint meeting with SAC at ALA Annual, maybe Friday.
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