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CC:DA Activities at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

CC:DA held two Committee meetings in Chicago. The major business at all of these meetings was the report on the April 2005 meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR. Jennifer Bowen, ALA Representative to the JSC, reported on the discussion of the decisions made by the JSC and the Committee of Principals for AACR regarding the creation of a new edition of AACR. The working title of the new code is to be Resource Description and Access (RDA). For more information, see the announcement below. Jennifer’s report on the meeting is available on the CC:DA website.

In addition to the discussion of RDA, the Saturday afternoon meeting included reports from the Library of Congress representative, Barbara Tillett, and from ALA’s NISO representative, Betty Landesman, as well as an informal report on “FRBR in 21st Century Catalogues: An Invitational Workshop.”

Discussion of RDA continued at the Monday morning meeting. In addition, Don Chatham of ALA Publishing Services reported on AACR/RDA from the publishing perspective, and there was a discussion of requirements for a Web-accessible version of RDA. Other business at that meeting included reports from two task forces planning the programs presented at the 2005 Annual Conference; from the MARBI Representative, Everett Allgood, and the CC:DA Webmaster, John Attig; and from a Task Force charged to maintain the CC:DA publication Differences Between, Changes Within.

For further details and links to some of the documents, see the Agenda for the meeting.

CC:DA Sponsors Two Programs at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

The Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access sponsored two programs at the 2005 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

  • Cataloging Cultural Objects: Toward a Metadata Content Standard for Libraries, Archives and Museums
    Saturday, June 25, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    An introduction to Cataloguing Cultural Objects, A Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images. CCO is an emerging metadata content standard for a broad range of cultural materials that addresses the needs of libraries, archives and museums. CCO is based on the Categories for Description of Works of Arts (CDWA) and the Visual Resource Association VRA core.

    Elisa Lanzi, Past President, Visual Resources Association and Director of Image Collections, Smith College Dept. of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts
    Where did CCO come from? What is it? Why is it needed? Lanzi explains the methodology, influencing factors, and community involvement in building CCO as a collaborative standard. Lanzi also reports on plans for the future of CCO which include an ALA print publication and a “CCO Cataloger” Web site.

    Ann Whiteside, Vice President, ARLIS/NA and Director, Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    Whiteside gives an editor's overview of CCO showing, in some detail, just how CCO is laid out and what it covers. A virtual walk-through will be given to provide images and examples from the CCO manual.

    Maria Oldal, Head of Cataloging & Database Management, The Pierpont Morgan Library
    CCO is a promising alternative to AACR for the cataloging of art and cultural objects in libraries. Oldal applies CCO within the framework of MARC, discusses MARC coding of CCO records, and analyzes MARC records created according to CCO guidelines.

    Jonathan Furner, Assistant Editor, Dewey Decimal Classification, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.; prior to April 2005, Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles
    Furner focuses on the CCO rules for identifying, describing, and recording the subjects of works and images. He reviews the challenges faced by providers of subject access to cultural objects, evaluates the responses in the library, archives, and museum fields, and previews the opportunities promised by CCO.

    Sponsor: ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS), Committee on Cataloging: Description & Access (CC:DA)
    Co-sponsors: Visual Resources Association (VRA); American Library Association/Society of American Archivists/American Association of Museums Joint Committee (ALA/SAA/AAM Joint Committee); ALCTS Network Resources and Metadata Interest Group (NRM IG); Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP)

    Program Web page

    Cataloguing Cultural Objects Web page
  • AACR3: The Next Big Thing in Cataloging, or Moving on up to RDA (Resource Description and Access)
    Sunday, June 26, 8:30 - 12:00 AM

    Three presenters, each actively engaged in the development of the new cataloging code, give their views on the new code. Feedback the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (JSC) received on the draft of Part 1 of AACR3 is reviewed as well as the new working title Resource Description and Access (RDA) and other changes the JSC is making to the new edition.

    “RDA: background and context”
    Dr. Barbara Tillett, Chief of the Cataloging Policy & Support Office at the Library of Congress (LC) and LC representative on the JSC, presents the background and context of RDA, including international activities happening in parallel at the IFLA Meeting of Experts on an International Cataloguing Code and ISBD Review Group.

    “Changing direction: from AACR to RDA”
    Jennifer Bowen, Head of Cataloging, University of Rochester Libraries and ALA representative on the JSC, discusses the process of review for the draft of AACR3 Part 1 and how we moved from AACR3 to RDA and the process going forward.

    “Looking under the hood and kicking the tires: some premature comments on RDA from an ALA perspective”
    John Attig, Authority Control Librarian at Penn State University and member of the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA), will describe some of the features that are expected to be included in the new rules and will offer a summary of some issues that CC:DA members will be keeping their eyes on as the code develops.

    Sponsor: ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section's (CCS) Committee on Cataloging: Description & Access (CC:DA)
    Co-Sponsor: ALCTS/LITA/RUSA Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information Committee (MARBI)

    Program Web page

    The outcomes of the Joint Steering Committee meeting held in Chicago, 24-28 April 2005 include a summary of the feedback received and the change in direction.

Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR Meets in Chicago

The Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR, chaired by Sally Strutt (British Library), met in Chicago, IL, USA, April 24-28, 2005. The major focus for the meeting was discussion of responses to the draft of Part 1 of AACR3. In conjuction with the Committee of Principals for AACR, the JSC made plans for a new content standard. The working title for the new code is RDA: Resource Description and Access. See the announcement “From AACR3 to RDA for more information. A report of the outcomes of the JSC meeting is available on the JSC website.

From AACR3 to RDA

The Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR (JSC) is proceeding vigorously to prepare a revised edition of AACR. At the April 2005 meeting, in response to the constituency review to the draft of part I, the JSC and Committee of Principals for AACR decided to take a different approach to the new edition. As part of this, the decision was made to use a new working title: Resource Description and Access (RDA). For more information about the April meeting, see the announcement above.

For background information on the new code see:

New Task Forces Appointed

Two new CC:DA Task Force has been appointed.

The Task Force for the Revision of the ALCTS Online Publication “Guidelines for Cataloging Microform Sets” is charged with revising this ALCTS online publication, specifically to add guidelines for cataloging electronic reproductions. The publication is available on the ALCTS website. The Task Force’s report is due October 31, 2005.

The Task Force on the Review of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books) [DCRM(B)] is charged with preparing a review of this draft document. The document is available at: The Task Force’s report is due August 22, 2005.

Draft Functional Requirements for Authority Records available for world-wide review

The IFLA Working Group on Functional Requirements and Numbering of Authority Records is pleased to announce that a draft of “Functional Requirements for Authority Records” is now available for world-wide review. The draft in English and French is on the IFLA web site at Comments should be sent by October 28, 2005 to:

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