2014 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia (Sunday 2014/01/26 & Monday 2014/01/27)
The full agenda of the meeting can be found here: http://connect.ala.org/node/217422. The ALA Connect webspace for the Committee has many of the supporting documents and reports: http://connect.ala.org/node/64185
Report on the Sears List of Subject Headings (Eve Miller) http://connect.ala.org/node/217135
Report of the liaison from the Policy and Standards Division of LC (Janis Young)
http://connect.ala.org/node/217476 (full LC report can be found here: http://www.loc.gov/ala/mw-2014-update.html)
- The Liaison did not present at the meeting
Dewey Decimal Classification Reports
- New OPAC should be live in the spring at http://catalog.loc.gov the old version will be available at http://catalog2.loc.gov. [update: as of the ARLIS conference the switch had not been made and the old interface is still the primary and the new interface is at http://catalog2.loc.gov]
- Attrition at LoC continues through retirements, middle management at PSD is currently all "Acting", routines continue ...
- Within the group responsible for CIP there has been a discussion about the text block within publications and how it should change to reflect RDA practices
- BIBCO is ending AACR2 cataloging, Starting Jan. 1, 2015, all BIBCO contributions must follow RDA BIBCO Standard Record guidelines.
- Cataloger's Desktop will be getting an interface upgrade “to assist user workflows”
- Imaginary organizations is now an official heading [http://lccn.loc.gov/sh2013002477]
- Theology and Music form/genre terms projects are moving forward and should see completion within the year, LoC was accepting comments on the Medium of Performance through early February and when they are approved formally they will be available in Classification Web; New distribution of LCMPT authority records was available at the end of February -- you can go in and grab a file of deleted records and a file of all the new authorities, to be refreshed monthly; these records will not be in authorities.loc.gov, but will be available in id.loc.gov
- Demographic Group Terms -- New vocabulary whose creation is sponsored by LoC [LCDGT], this vocabulary will be used to describe the creators of, and contributors to, resources, and also the intended audience of resources. This vocabulary will be applied going forward, at this time it is not intended to be applied retroactively. Intended for Literature, but will consider also using it on non-fiction.
Report of the liaison from the Music Library Association (Hermine Vermeij) http://connect.ala.org/node/217609
- Report on Dewey Decimal Classification and OCLC Dewey Services (not much here)
- Report of the Dewey Section liaison (Caroline Saccucci) [SAC14-MID/5] No web based reports, just Dewey handouts
- WebDewey will become available in Cataloger's Desktop in the spring
- Dewey to LC or LC to Dewey mappings are moving forward (they added over 11,000 last year), if people see problems or issues please give feedback to LoC's Dewey section.
- Report of the Dewey Classification Editorial Policy Committee liaison (Deborah Rose-Lefmann) http://connect.ala.org/node/217136
- Most of the editorial changes related to meeting 136 where approved over the course of July to December 2013 in a series of conference calls.
- Not much specific to art & architecture, but there were changes to Table 1 that specifically address archaeology, and Table 5 that address Korea (one ethnic group with two countries).
- My favorite item of note was “A videoconference on the updated schedule for angiosperms, planned for December, had to be postponed but will be rescheduled.”
Report of the liaison from the American Association of Law Libraries (Suzanne Graham) http://connect.ala.org/node/217420
- Much of the report was already mentioned in the LoC report regarding Medium of Performance.
- Of note is that work on music terms in LCGFT will be intensifying now that the initial LCMPT push is over. The Genre/Form Task Force is drafting scope notes and working on firming up syndetic structure.
Report of the liaison from the Art Libraries Society (Sherman Clarke) http://connect.ala.org/node/217137
- The Classification and Subject Cataloging Policy WG of the AALL considered offering guidance on how many genre/form terms should be added to a single work. Discussion at their meeting gravitated toward only assigning one term per title (in cases in which two terms could apply, the cataloger should use a broader term to cover both). **Catalogers should not assign genre/forms to highlight parts of a resource--a book with several forms should not receive “Legal forms” –the term should be reserved for books of forms.
- The WG hopes to start a coordinated “term of the month” effort for adding selected terms retrospectively in our local catalogs and generate a list of OCLC record numbers to which terms were added!!
SAC Research and Presentation Working Group (Deborah Ryszka--actually Andrea from IU Bloomington) [no web report available]
Report of the RDA Subcommittee (Robert Maxwell) [no web report on SAC space, but there is a space on ALA Connect for the Subcommittee: http://connect.ala.org/node/139107]
- No written report available, lively discussion of past and current work being done by the Working Group.
- They understand the need for a list of past programs on the SAC Connect website
- Any Programming Ideas? Daniel Joudrey, from the audience, suggested that ALA Annual’s proximity to LA might make it possible to draw someone from the Getty to talk about AAT as an alternative to LCSH.
“FAST: A Subject Schema for the Web” / Ed O’Neill Presentation http://connect.ala.org/node/217667
- Putting together an RDA change proposal, John Attig is currently the lead author of the document, Gordon Dunsire was present at the Subcommittee meeting on Friday (1/24) and helped give guidance.
- Proposal will be presented to SAC for a vote before Annual 2014, but it still looks like subject cataloging in RDA is a bit down the road.
- Chapter 23 relationship of the work to an entity of responsibility, this is a work in progress and raises the question whether subjects should be a core element of chapter 23?
Discussion of Demographic Terms, lead by the LoC Rep [no web report available]
- OCLC and LoC each have unrestrictive rights with the only exception being that neither can sell it.
- 8 facets: Topical, Geographic, Events, Chronological, Personal Name, Corporate Name, Uniform Titles, Form/Genre (fast might drop this facet because of the work being done by LoC)
- Geographics differ in key ways from LC practice [slide]
- Events differ in key ways from LC practice [slide]
- Chronological is nearly all numeric, with only limited textual cross references
- Uniform Titles are qualified by Author if not anonymous
- only 5.8% LCSH headings in WC are established, 24.8 Million are not established, but synthetically built (out of 26.4 million; 1.49 Million added in 2012)
- Can search in Connexion [slide] "ho:fast and ho:HEADING"
- Geographics with gacs: easier to maintain the authorities than to embed the information directly into the bib records
- User study in 2013, can be found here: http://oclc.org/research/news/2013/08-26.html
- Q&A had a few production questions (e.g. change of LCSH on a record in WC, what do you do with the assigned FAST?)
Update on MAC (Stephen Hearn) http://connect.ala.org/node/217138
- Janis began the discussion by giving some background on the demographic thesaurus: and why they will be using the 150 tag “not wrong, not right, but will avoid needing to walk it to MARC folks for approval of new tag.”
- Use of hierarchies to distinguish particular types within certain headings, but the thesaurus will not be hierarchically driven.
- Looking to be extensive enough to have it useful and ensure limited need for future human maintenance--hoping not to get a large amount of future proposals.
- PSD will be doing the majority of the work, will seek some feedback from the library community, but it will not be driven by that.
Report of SAC Genre/Form Subcommittee (Adam Schiff) [no web report on SAC space, but there is a space on ALA Connect for the Subcommittee: http://connect.ala.org/node/84114
- 3 documents of interest to SAC -- proposal 2014-2 (qualifying information component); 2014-DP03; 2014-DP02 (Relationships between Subject Headings from Different Thesauri)
- See Liz O’Keefe’s report here: http://artcataloging.net/ala/mw2014/macokeefe.html
Update of the FAST project (Ed O’Neill) http://connect.ala.org/node/217139
- Two working groups currently active: literature terms and general terms (e.g. dictionaries, diaries, etc.)
- Lit group has produced a thesaurus of over 500 terms; have received some feedback from PSD, including scope note concepts, a tentative refusal list, a tentative list of 400 approved; next steps: argue for those "nos" that they wish to convince LoC of, also review scope notes and their formation.
- General terms: 160 terms, no LoC response yet, but the list was recently submitted; 9 top terms included "illustrated works"
- MAC Discussion Paper regarding 386 (2013MW), LoC indicated it wouldn't pass, though it passed SAC, the proposal was withdrawn from MAC, will most likely move forward at 2014 Annual Conference
- Need to move forward on principles of application and best practices
- Possible event or presentation @ ALA Annual in 2014
- skipped any verbal report since much was included in the presentation
IFLA liaison report (John DeSantis) [no web report available]
- 2014 event is in Lyon, France where there will be an open session that they are currently seeking speakers for.
Report of the SACO at Large meeting (Melanie Wacker) http://connect.ala.org/node/217743
- very short verbal report, written report has good summaries
- LC reps requested a report from the name authority file that includes all records with a 368 for fictitious characters. She is planning on making sure that all have been canceled from the SACO file. She reminded everybody to search LCSH and cancel that heading when setting up the NACO. Please choose the right cancellation option to make sure that it gets into the right workflow and really gets deleted.
Report of the chair of SAC (Athena Salaba) http://connect.ala.org/node/217141
- minimal report covering the work of the committee from ALA Annual 2013 through to the Midwinter 2014 meeting
Report prepared by John Maier, Pratt Institute
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