The ARLIS/NY Cataloging Discussion Group met at the Brooklyn Museum of Art on Thursday, May 1, 1997 at 3 p.m. On a sunny afternoon, seventeen people ventured to Eastern Parkway and emerged from the subway to be greeted by pink cherry blossoms and yellow tulips.

The focus for this meeting was to recap cataloging concerns reviewed during the ARLIS/NA Conference in San Antonio. Sherman Clarke, charged with collecting conference reports, announced that this year's proceedings would be available on the web at www://! (He created the site by utilizing a free homepage template, available to anyone, at One document, the "Cataloging Advisory Committee Business Meeting Minutes," submitted by Kay Teel, is already there!

Highlights from San Antonio sessions with additions from the Brooklyn meeting:

CAC--LC has asked us about implementation of the recommendations of the SAC Subcommittee on the Order of Subdivisions, including order of art subdivisions, century divisions, and the use of "Modern"; uniform titles for named works of art was questioned by LC regarding language, corporate artistic identities, and the definition of "state" as applied to artworks. Corporate artistic identities will be addressed separately (should they get main entry status?). Sherman will coordinate CAC reworking of the original proposal.

Dan Fermon received a "thank you" from LC for his proposal about subdivisions! There was lively discussion about dividing by centuries, decades for the 19th-20th centuries, free-floating headings, turn of the century art, etc.

MACROs--OCLC Macro for adding diacritics into authorities was demostrated in San Antonio, does more than cut and paste. Although developed by OCLC, an RLG rep was at the meeting and expressed real interest in the macro. LC has developed a macro to enter holdings and call numbers. Fermon reported he is using Microsoft Recorder, a macro program, in Voyager and RLIN, cutting and pasting from Notepad to RLIN.

RLIN--the special meeting RLG had for museum libraries in San Antonio was said to be very informative. Hottest topic was a plan for development of another "mirror site" of the RLIN database on the East Coast; this would ease the dropped connections we now experience. There is a handout on the RLG homepage...has anyone seen it? All agreed RLIN for Windows is rather disappointing, since one cannot perform all Windows functions. Does RLIN ask for upgrade and enhancement advice??

METRO--at the first meeting for the Artsig group, Joe Spadero informed us about upcoming web access to Metgate. Metro is also ready for "hands on" workshops where each person will have access to a laptop ($45/day). The Artsig meeting scheduled for Fall is to be reps from OCLC and RLG speaking about future developments in each utility. Fermon sugessted we schedule another Artsig meeting just to talk about the coming changes and benefits in METRO.

Towards the end of the afternoon, talk jumped from topic to topic--each worth its own CDG meeting--
* CORE CATALOGING on the web--non-MARC but mappable between data structures
* METADATA, e.g. VRA core, Dublin Core, AMICO
* FILTERING to search Internet thesauri...Getty search tool aka to enhance searching using ULAN and AAT
* MAPPING Museums vs. Libraries

VOYAGER--user group meeting report by Dan Fermon--74 sites, 110 libraries (4 consortia), $5.5 million committments Three new releases in 1997--cost 10% of system for upgrades...universities and colleges becoming new users--cause for fear for Museum user group...696 and 697 are RLIN fields/not searchable on Voyager

MORE--Barely touched on "extra added images" in books...How are people handling extra materials, e.g., recordings? (removed from the book!)

Next meeting at the Frick, sometime in June when we can enjoy the rooftops of the Upper East Side...subjects to be determined!

Report by Carol Rusk, Brooklyn Museum of Art Library ( [], in collaboration with Sherman Clarke, NYU (