ALCTS - Association of Library Collections & Technical Services

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CC:DA Meetings at ALA Annual Conference
Toronto, Canada, June 20-23, 2003

Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access

  • Saturday, June 21, 2:00 - 5:30 PM
    Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Metro Ballroom East
  • Monday, June 23, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Metro Ballroom East

Task Force on 2004 Preconference

  • Friday, June 20, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
    Metropolitan Hotel, Singapore Room

Task Force on Consistency Across Part I of AACR2

  • Friday, June 20, 3:30 - 5:30 PM
    Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Hotel, Bay Room

Task Force on Reconceptualization of Chapter 9

  • Saturday, June 21, 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon
    Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Wellington Room

Task Force on Rule 21.0D

  • Sunday, June 22, 2:00 - 5:30 noon
    Colony Hotel, St. George Room

Program: “Don’t Be Dysfunctional; How to Put the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) in Your Future”

Agenda of the CC:DA Meetings

CC:DA Activities at ALA Annual Conference in Toronto

CC:DA will hold two meetings in Toronto. The Saturday afternoon meeting will feature reports from the Library of Congress Representative, Barbara Tillett, from the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), by Paul Weiss, and from ALA Publishing, by Donald E. Chatham. There will be a report from the ALA Representative to the Joint Steering Committee, Matthew Beacom, who will report on the April 2003 meeting of JSC in Washington, DC.

The Monday morning CC:DA meeting will include reports from several Task Forces:

The meeting will also include discussion of several new rule revision proposals:

  • A proposal on the rules for capitalization of German in Appendix A

  • A proposal concerning a Turkish word in the list of Initial Articles (Appendix E)

  • A proposal to simplify rule 12.1E1

  • A proposal on the definition of “Coloured illustration” in the Glossary

Finally, the Monday meeting will include reports from the MARBI representative and the CC:DA Webmaster.

CC:DA and MARBI Sponsor Program on FRBR

Don’t Be Dysfunctional; How to Put the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) in Your Future,
When: Sunday, June 22, 8:30 am-12:00 pm
Where: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Dominion Room

A number of models have the potential to influence the future development of information standards within the library community. Pre-eminent among these models is the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR), a product of study by the International Federation of Library Associations and institutions, and the related Logical Structure of AACR2. The program is intended to acquaint technical services professionals, including the catalogers and systems librarians, with the implications of these models for cataloging rules, and to present MARC formats along with other emerging international standards for electronic technologies.


  • Glenn Patton, OCLC
  • Vinod Chachra, President, VTLS, Inc.
  • Tom Delsey, National Library of Canada
  • Barbara Tillett, Chief, Cataloging Policy and Support Office, Library of Congress.

Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR Meets in Washington, DC

The Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR, chaired by Ann Huthwaite, met in Washington, DC, April 23-25, 2003. The meeting discussed a wide variety of issues, most of them relating to a planned new edition of AACR. Topics included the introduction of terminology from Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records into AACR2; continuing work on identifying and collocating expressions; revising the introductions to AACR to include a statement of principles and other conceptual background; proposals to promote consistency across chapters in Part I and to move general rules to Chapter 1; and a variety of other specific proposals. An announcement, with a draft agenda, for this meeting is available on the JSC Web site. The report of the ALA Representative is available on the CC:DA Web site.

New Task Force Appointed

The Task Force on Rule 21.0D has been charged to undertake an examination of AACR/LCRI 21.0D, an optional rule on designations of functions in headings. The Task Force will reconsider the need for an indication of the nature of relationships in headings rather than relying on the description for such information in light of recent discussions on Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and relevant metadata standards. If appropriate, prepare revisions to the rules and/or a recommendation that the Library of Congress modify its rule interpretation; provide rationales for such actions. The Task Force will present an interim report at the 2003 Annual Conference in Toronto, and its final report prior to the 2004 Midwinter Meeting.