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CC:DA Meetings at ALA Annual COnference
Atlanta, GA, June 15-17, 2002

Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access

  • Saturday, June 15, 2:00 - 5:30 PM
    Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom IV
  • Monday, June 17, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Renaissance Hotel, Atlanta Ballroom

Joint Meeting with MARBI: FRBR and MARC 21

  • Monday, June 17, 11:00 AM - 12: 30 PM
    Renaissance Hotel, Atlanta Ballroom

Agenda of the CC:DA Meetings

CC:DA Activities at ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta

CC:DA will hold two meetings in Atlanta. The Saturday afternoon meeting will feature reports from the Library of Congress Representative and from the ALA Representative to the Joint Steering Committee, Matthew Beacom, who will report on the May 2002 meeting of JSC in New Haven, Conn. Barbara Tillett will also give a presentation on the IFLA Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records.

The Monday morning CC:DA meeting will include reports from several Task Forces. It will also include discussion of several pending rule revision proposals:

  • A proposal from the Map and Geography Round Table on capitalization of the word Earth in AACR
  • A proposal from the same source on recording dimensions of cartographic materials
  • A proposal from the ALCTS Media Resources Committee on sources of information in Chapter 7

The Monday meeting will also include:

  • discussions on revisions to the CC:DA Procedures and the document “How to Submit a Rule Change Proposal to CC:DA”
  • reports from the MARBI Representative, Mark Watson, and from the CC:DA Webmaster, John Attig.

Following the regular CC:DA meeting, at approximately 11:00, CC:DA will hold a joint meeting with MARBI (see below).

CC:DA and MARBI to Hold Joint Meeting to Discuss FRBR and MARC 21

On Monday, June 17, from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, in the Z Atlanta Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel, CC:DA and MARBI will hold a joint meeting. The topic of mutual interest will be the IFLA Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records and MARC 21. This topic was triggered by the release earlier this year of a model (see below) prepared by Tom Delsey which compared the FRBR entities with the MARC 21 bibliographic and holdings formats and with AACR2, as well as proposing some extensions to the FRBR model. The joint meeting will include remarks by Sally H. McCallum of the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at LC, by Tom Delsey, and by Glenn Patton of OCLC, and discussion by the committees and observers.

The following are some background documents:

There is also a relevant discussion paper on the MARBI agenda: “Multiple Versions, FRBR, and MARC”

Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR Meeting in New Haven, Connecticut

The Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR, chaired by Ann Huthwaite, held a meeting in New Haven, Conn., 13-15 May 2002. The entire meeting was held in executive session and dealt primarily with strategic planning issues for JSC and for AACR2. A report of the outcomes of this meeting is available on the JSC Web site.

New Task Forces Appointed

The CC:DA/MARBI Program Planning Task Force for Annual 2003 has been charged to plan a program on the role of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records for the 2003 Annual Conference in Toronto.

The Task Force on Consistency Across Part I of AACR2 has been charged to compare rules across the chapters of Part I of AACR2 and identify discrepancies and inconsistencies. The Task Force is to evaluate these differences and recommend rule revisions when warranted. The Task Force is also to identify rules that are generally applicable which could be moved to Chapter 1. The Task Force will present its recommendations for parts of the rules as they are ready, beginning at the 2002 Annual Conference.

Functional Analysis of the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Holdings Formats Posted

In 2001, the Network Development and MARC standards Office at the Library of Congress commissioned a study to examine MARC 21 from several perspectives:

  • the FRBR model,
  • the AACR cataloging code model
  • a set of user tasks that the format might logically support.

The study used the models from the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and the related The Logical Structure of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules for the work which was carried out by the consultant who was largely responsible for the those studies, Tom Delsey, of Thomas J. Delsey consultancy. By sponsoring this analysis and making it available, the MARC Office and others can use the information when analyzing or making decisions related to format maintenance, system implementation, and data sharing. The study will be an important tool for continuing development of MARC 21.

The Network Development and MARC Standards Office would like to learn about research or experimentation that users undertake using information from this document. Over time either a list of projects and/or a bibliography of studies will be compiled.

[from the MARC Standards Web site]

The study is available as a series of Adobe Acrobat .PDF files. The URL for the introductory page is