Cataloger's Discussion Group Meeting
Uris Center / Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sept. 20, 2010

Tamara Fultz (Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum) coordinated and chaired the meeting.

1. A brief ALA Annual report from Dan Lipcan (Watson Library)

Reports from CC:DA and RDA update forum: Resource Description and Access (RDA) was released on June 14, 2010 and is available via the RDA Toolkit: http://www.rdatoolkit.org. The Toolkit contains the text of RDA, sample workflows, mappings, examples, the text of AACR2, planning tools, help files, webinars and other resources.

Trial access ended on August 31st and a subscription is now required. Troy Linker of ALA Publishing announced two decisions: (1) there is a solo user subscription available for the RDA Toolkit ($195 per year in US) and (2) ALA Publishing will release a print version of RDA. More information is forthcoming this fall, but it’s estimated to run approximately 1000 pages and cost $150. While the print version will not have all the functionality of the Toolkit, it is a welcome option for libraries with limited budgets and will enable many individuals and institutions to use RDA.

RDA Testing is in process; the "getting used to the new interface" stage of testing ends on September 30. From October 1st-December 31st, cataloging of test materials will happen and from January 1st-March 31st, formal evaluation by the national libraries (Library of Congress, National Library of Medicine, and National Agricultural Library) will take place. Their final recommendation should be finalized by the June 2011 ALA annual conference. Testers include three ARLIS/NA sites: the Morgan Library and Museum, the Clark Art Institute, and the Minnesota Historical Society.

LC is coordinating RDA testing materials. There is a great deal of information on the following sites: http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/rda/index.html and http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/RDAtest/rdatest.html. The latter contains numerous training documents by the Library of Congress along with links to the successor to the Library of Congress Rule Interpretations (LCRIs), the Library of Congress Policy Statements (LCPSs). Especially interesting are the AACR2 vs. RDA examples.

There was some discussion during CC:DA on how OCLC will prepare for RDA’s implementation, and they have already implemented the new MARC fields approved for RDA. Glenn Patton of OCLC said that while duplicate/parallel records based on coding rules will be created by the testers during the testing period for purposes of comparison, these will not be accepted after the testing period is completed. “Editing wars” between users of RDA and AACR2 will not be tolerated.

The revision process for RDA will be similar to that of AACR2: proposals will be taken to the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA. CC:DA already has two task forces to comment on RDA, and ARLIS is represented on both:

Ron Murray and Barbara Tillett from LC presented a paper called: "From Moby-Dick to Mash-ups: Thinking about bibliographic networks" -- an attempt at tweaking the FRBR model...using a conceptual imagery to create a paper tool to visualize a description for all iterations of full-length printings of Moby Dick from 1851-1976. The basic idea was to start thinking about the network-type structures of information instead of tree-like hierarchical relationships. They compared such networks to multimedia mashups seen on YouTube and other websites.

Tidbits from other ALA Annual meetings:
The "Converging Metadata Standards" program with folks from Texas Heritage Online, the Smithsonian, and NC State.

2. Advent of RDA: How are institutions preparing for RDA in terms of training and cataloging policies/procedures? How do you envision your future workflow?

We went around the room and with a few exceptions most institutions are taking a “wait and see” stance until after the testing phase in done. A few places had or planned to purchase the Toolkit. A few highlights:

3. Life after NYLINK (see http://nylink.org/SL/index.php/archives/1365): How are institutions dealing with the phasing out of NYLINK’s operations in terms of OCLC training and support services?

Most places are going directly through OCLC and are happy with service and billing so far; also mentioned were LYRASIS and WALDO.

4. Any other news or questions?

John Maier: ARTstor is changing their institutional hosting, shared shelf, and will cost a lot more. Are they doing an OCLC type thing where you contribute and get money off? No. We are now looking for open source options.

5. Next meeting


Next meeting should be right after ARLIS so beginning of April? Anyone care to host?

Notes from this meeting were recorded by Andrea Puccio and edited by Dan Lipcan (both of the Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum).
Andrea Puccio - andrea.puccio@metmuseum.org
Dan Lipcan - dan.lipcan@metmuseum.org

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