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CC:DA Meetings at ALA Midwinter Meeting
Philadelphia, PA, January 25-27, 2003

Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access

  • Saturday, January 25, 2:00 - 5:30 PM
    Wyndham Franklin Plaza, Philadelphia Ballroom
  • Monday, January 27, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Wyndham Franklin Plaza, Philadelphia Ballroom

Task Force on Consistency Across Part I of AACR2

  • Friday, January 24, 3:30 - 5:30 PM
    Wyndham Franklin Plaza, Salon 5/6
    [Note the late start time.]

Task Force on Reconceptualization of Chapter 9

  • Saturday, January 25, 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon
    Westin Philadelphia, Franklin I/II

Task Force on an Appendix of Major and Minor Changes

  • Sunday, January 26, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
    Philadelphia Marriott, Franklin Hall A, Table 2

Agenda of the CC:DA Meetings

CC:DA Activities at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia

CC:DA will hold two meetings in Philadelphia. The Saturday afternoon meeting will feature reports from the Library of Congress Representative, Barbara Tillett, from the IFLA Cataloguing Section, by Glenn Patton, and from the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), by Paul Weiss. There will be a report from the ALA Representative to the Joint Steering Committee, Matthew Beacom, who will report on the September 2002 meeting of JSC in York, England. Finally, the Task Force on Major and Minor Changes will present its draft publication Differences Between, Changes Within: Guidelines on When to Create a New Record.

The Monday morning CC:DA meeting will include reports on a program and a preconference at the 2003 Annual Conference in Toronto, from ALA Publishing Services by Donald Chatham, from the CC:DA Webmaster, and from the MARBI representative. The meeting will also include discussion of several new rule revision proposals:

  • A proposal from the Map and Geography Round Table to correct an example in rule 3.1F1
  • A proposal for an additional example in rule 3.5B3
  • A proposal to simplify rule 12.1E1

The Monday meeting will also include reports from two Task Forces:

  • the newly-formed Task Force on Reconceptualization of Chapter 9, chaired by Michael Chopey, will present an interim report; note that the Task Force is meeting on Saturday morning from 10:00-12:00;
  • the Task Force on Consistency Across Part I of AACR2, chaired by John Attig, will present rule revision proposals covering Areas 2 (Edition) and 3 (Material-Specific Details); the Task Force will be meeting Friday afternoon from 3:30-5:30 PM.

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.

What’s New in 2002?

  • Fully integrated 1999 and 2001 Amendments and revisions approved and finalized through 2002
  • More than 100 substantive changes throughout the text and completely updated Index
  • Three completely revised and updated chapters (Cartographic Materials, Electronic Resources, Continuing Resources)
  • A more user-friend format with 8.5" X 11" looseleaf pages that fit a standard 3-ring binder
  • Separately numbered chapters for easy integration of future updates
  • A brand new text design that clearly distinguishes the rules from the examples

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 or call toll-free 1-866-SHOP-ALA.

From AN2, vol. 23, no. 4 (Sept. 2002)

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. An announcement, with an agenda, of this meeting is available on the JSC Web site.

CC:DA and MARBI 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.

Background: The following are some background documents:

Summary of the Presentations:


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 Committee’s Format Variation Working Group, and alternative methods for supporting collocation of expressions within the MARC 21 formats.

New Task Force Appointed

The Task Force on Reconceptualization of Chapter 9 has been charged to redefine the scope of Chapter 9 in AACR2 and to propose rules in other chapters to deal with electronic manifestations of materials covered in those chapters. For example, the Task Force will reconsider the guidance given in rule 0.24 and the role of GMDs or alternatives for materials covered in more than one chapter. The Task Force is composed of members from both CC:DA and the British Library. The Task Force will present an interim report at the 2003 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia and its final report at the 2003 Annual Conference in Toronto.

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