Review of the year in art cataloging 2015

These notes on activities in art cataloging are prepared for potential discussion at the Cataloging Problems Discussion Group (CPDG) gathering at the ARLIS/NA annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas, in March 2015. At the end of this review are a series of topics that have been suggested for discussion at CPDG.

The Cataloging Advisory Committee (CAC) discussed several issues before the ALA Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA). The issues concerned transcription issues associated with the RDA Production Statement, color content in RDA, and works without titles. Responses were prepared by the ARLIS/NA representative to CC:DA, Allison Hausladen. We also received a response from LC on our proposal that artist monographs and exhibition catalogs be added to the exceptions from the use of conventional collective titles (CCTs). In the response, David Reser of the LC Policy and Standards Division indicated that the LC practice of using CCTs was one "interpretation" and that others didn't have to follow LC's practice. Nonetheless, art catalogers will see these CCTs on LC and PCC records.

Alma, the replacement system for Aleph and Voyager from Ex Libris, does not have an OPAC module. It is expected that the catalog records will be fed into a discovery interface like Primo, Summon, or Blacklight.

The British Library has posted their document on RDA cataloging for exhibitions and art catalogs: http://www.bl.uk/bibliographic/pdfs/rda-exhibitions-and-art-catalogues-201412.pdf

There is hope on the NAF/SAF Divided World front. The German National Library has developed the Integrated Authority File (Gemeinsame Normdatei or GND) which combines all entity types: persons, corporate bodies, geographical names, subject headings, etc. "The earlier functional distinction between authority data for descriptive cataloguing and authority data for subject cataloguing has been abandoned in favor of an object-based approach." (IFLA Classification & Indexing Section newsletter, no. 50, Dec. 2014) cf http://www.dnb.de/EN/Standardisierung/GND/gnd.html

The FRBR Review Group is working on a consolidation of the three Functional Requirements models: Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR), Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD), and Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD). They were prepared over a number of years and FRSAD presents a simple model of Thema, Nomen, and relationship. As discussed by Gordon Dunsire in a program at ALA Midwinter, it is possible that the consolidated model will follow FRSAD's model.

Other issues for potential discussion during CPDG:

Compiled by Sherman Clarke
sherman.clarke@gmail.com


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