Committee on Cataloging: Description & Access
Announcements and Reports
CC:DA Activities at ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta
CC:DA held two meetings during the ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA. The agenda of the meetings is available.
The meeting included two special events related to the IFLA Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records:
Other CC:DA activities and actions included:
CC:DA and MARBI Hold Joint Meeting to Discuss FRBR and MARC 21
CC:DA and MARBI held a joint meeting during the ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA. The topic of mutual interest was 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 included remarks by Sally H. McCallum of the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at LC, by Glenn Patton of OCLC, and by Tom Delsey, and discussion by the committees and observers.
MARBI Discussion Paper No. 2002-DP08: The MARBI agenda also included a relevant discussion paper on Multiple Versions, FRBR, and MARC. This paper reported work done by the Joint Steering Committees Format Variation Working Group, and alternative methods for supporting collocation of expressions within the MARC 21 formats.
Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR Meeting in York, England
The Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR, chaired by Ann Huthwaite, held a meeting in York, England, 9-12 September 2002. The meeting will discuss a wide variety of issues, including the introduction of terminology from Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records into AACR2; continuing work on identifying and collocating expressions; adding general concepts and instructions on authority control; revising the introductions to AACR to include a statement of principles and other conceptual background; clarification of the rules for multipart items; revisions to the terminology for general and specific material designations; and a variety of other specific proposals. A report of the outcomes of this meeting, with an agenda, 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.
New Revision of Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules
The Canadian Library Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and the American Library Association has published the 2002 Revision of Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition. Major changes in both content and format make the release of the 2002 Revision momentous.
Whats New in 2002?
With annual updates that will easily integrate into this brand new, streamlined format, AACR2-2002 is an up-to-the-minute, forward-looking revision that will equip you to catalog any type of resource, print or electronic. To order, please go to the ALA Online Store at alastore.ala.org or call toll-free 1-866-SHOP-ALA.
From AN2, vol. 23, no. 4 (Sept. 2002)
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 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 http://www.loc.gov/marc/marc-functional-analysis/functional-analysis.html.