CC:DA Report from the 2012 ALA Midwinter Conference -- Dallas, TX
This update outlines the highlights of the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) meeting at the recent 2012 ALA Midwinter Conference in Dallas. 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. As always, please contact me if you have questions.
Report from the Chair
Report from the Library of Congress Representative, Barbara Tillett
- CC:DA asked to co-sponsor a program at ALA Annual: Sunday 1:30-3:30 – RDA in a global context – interest in cosponsoring expressed. Participants include the German National Library; Tulane; National Library of New Zealand; and someone who can talk about RDA in a non-roman context (TBD).
Reports of the ALA Representative to the Joint Steering Committee, John Attig
- A more thorough version available on the LC website: http://www.loc.gov/ala/mw-2012-update.html
- About 50 LC staff resumed applying RDA in November 2011 and LC plans to “convert” more and more of its staff as time moves on.
- Getty Research Institute has joined both the BIBCO and the ECIP program.
Revision Proposals from American Theological Library Assoc.
- See reports published as part of the CC:DA Agenda: http://alcts.ala.org/ccda/agen1201.html
- Vocabularies – CC:DA to work on filling out lists of terms that must have definitions [DPL note: I will work to fill out the art-related RDA vocabularies–mostly using AAT definitions—and refer any questions to CAC]
Report of the MARBI Representative
Report of the PCC liaison
- Sections of RDA 6.23.2 dealing with Sacred Scriptures.
- This proposal needs much more work and (in my opinion, shared with several others on CC:DA) veers dangerously into the territory of expressing -- within the cataloging code -- which sacred scriptures are considered canonical.
- I would appreciate any feedback or advice from concerned ARLIS/NA members on this proposal. Please see the proposal here: http://alcts.ala.org/ccda/docs/atla2011-1.pdf
Report from ALA Publishing Services
- Multiple task groups have been formed to address all manners of RDA issues
- See PCC web site (http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/) for documentation, reports, training resources, etc. – many documents are 'living documents' so that if you've already seen them once you may not be current.
- Timeline for NACO retraining will be available by the end of March (will be an online training, about 2 days total, in modules), and for new NACO participants
- PCC needs to address series training, if the community wants it.
- Thinking about RDA day one for authorities (we don't know when yet, looking like 1st Quarter, 2013) – the day after which you are no longer allowed to create AACR2 headings (headings must be RDA but description can be AACR2).
Newly approved Task Forces
- RDA update releases:
- try to make more predictable, aiming at 8-10/year with releases 2nd Tuesday of the month (will be announced);
- Fast Track changes will happen with any release; more substantive changes will likely happen twice a year.
- Revision history for instructions planned.
- January release: better load times; looking at multiple servers so international response times are faster; icons replacing text labels (setup for translated editions); timeout resume; development blog launched; help file updated;
- Next virtual user group meeting on Feb 15
- RDA rewording project
- Planned RDA improvements: more examples, LC's how to use the RDA toolkit, user based preferences, translations, MARC service linking from OCLC, etc to the element set
- Renumbering RDA instructions became a big issue:
- "[We] built the system with the assumption that this [renumbering instructions] wouldn’t happen" [DPL note: ?!!?!?]
- The state of renumbering is unacceptable (my opinion and shared with several others)—sounds like the rule id/permalink is the same as the rule number & description and it would be prohibitive to decouple them.
- "It would probably cost six figures to fix the issue."
We also heard/discussed the following reports:
- TF to investigate changes in Chicago Manual of Style and suggest changes in the text of RDA and its style guide (already approved)
- TF to revise building international descriptive standards
- Follow up TF on work on Artistic/Technical credit (persons/families/corp bodies) recorded in notes vs. access points
- Less urgent—postponed until OLAC and MLA give us an idea of priority
- TF to investigate descriptions of relationships (JSC/2011/5)
- TF to deal with relationship designators in RDA Appendix K and consider a concerted effort to compile a more comprehensive list of r.d.'s
- Example: person-family relationship (now only one but more could be added)
- Suggestions: get archivists involved, museum folks -- [DPL note: I have volunteered for this TF so ARLIS/NA will have representation.]
- TF to address the initial articles proposal.
Submitted by Dan Lipcan (Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
- Revision Proposals from American Assoc. of Law Libraries: RDA 188.8.131.52-184.108.40.206 Places in Certain Federations -- still not quite ready.
- TF on RDA Instructions for Governmental and non-governmental corporate bodies
- Revisions to CC:DA procedures: nearing the end of the revisions.
- TF for RDA programming: upcoming ALA sessions and workshops.
- TF on "How to submit a rule change proposal": Error corrections (simple, typo, etc.) can be suggested in the RDA toolkit.
- TF on machine-actionable data elements in Chapter 3: going to get a discussion paper together by Annual. Will not have formal rules/instructions by then.
- Report of the CC:DA webmaster: looks like we'll be moving to a Wordpress installation—good move.
- TF on sources of information: hoping to have a proposal by Annual.
- TF on RDA Training: all ALCTS webinars are freely available 6 months after the event.
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