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CC:DA Meetings at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois July 10-14, 2009

Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access

  • Friday, July 10, 1:30 - 5:30 PM
    Swiss˘tel, Zurich 2
  • Saturday, July 11, 1:30 - 5:30 PM
    Swiss˘tel, Zurich 2
  • Monday, July 13, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Swiss˘tel, Zurich 2

Agenda of the CC:DA Meeting in Chicago, IL

JSC Meeting in Chicago

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) met in Chicago, from March 12-20 2009. The Committee of Principals for AACR and the Co-Publishers also met in Chicago during this period, and there was a joint meeting to discuss the RDA project.

The initial outcomes for the meeting have been published.

ALA Rep to the Joint Steering Committee RDA Blog

John Attig, ALA Representative to the Joint Steering Committee, has set up a blog where he has posted reports relative to RDA and his activities during the JSC meeting held in Chicago. He has posted some of the decisions he has made in the process of compiling the ALA response to the RDA full draft. Note that the purpose of the blog is to communicate quick reports on the activities of the meeting and the ALA response to RDA; the blog accepts comments, but it is not meant to replace the normal CC:DA discussion concerning RDA or any other ALA Representative-associated activity.

It is possible to subscribe to the blog through its built-in RSS capability. The email address for the blog is:

New/Revised JSC Documents

The following documents were added to the JSC Web site on 2009/07/02:

- 5JSC/Sec/7/Rev [AACR2 changes]
- 5JSC/RDA/Editor/2/Rev [Implementation scenarios]
- 5JSC/RDA/Editor's Guide/Rev
- 5JSC/RDA/Element analysis/Rev/3
- 5JSC/RDA/Objectives and Principles/Rev/3
- 5JSC/RDA/Prospectus/Rev/7
- 5JSC/RDA/FRAD to RDA mapping/Rev
- 5JSC/RDA/FRBR to RDA mapping/Rev
- 5JSC/RDA/RDA to FRAD mapping/Rev/2
- 5JSC/RDA/RDA to FRBR mapping/Rev/3
- 5JSC/RDA/Scope/Rev/4.

All documents can be found here:

In addition, a number of RDA background documents have been updated in line with the final RDA text supplied to the co-publishers for the first release, including the element analysis and the FRBR and FRAD mappings:

The list of AACR2 changes has also been revised, and now includes a comparison of AACR2 SMDs with RDA vocabularies:

Please send any queries to:

New IFLA Publication: Functional Requirements for Authority Data

This book represents one portion of the extension and expansion of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. It contains a further analysis of attributes of various entities that are the centre of focus for authority data (persons, families, corporate bodies, works, expressions, manifestations, items, concepts, objects, events, and places), the name by which these entities are known, and the controlled access points created by cataloguers for them. The conceptual model describes the attributes of these entities and the relationships between them.

Functional Requirements for Authority Data - A Conceptual Model has been published as Nr 34 in the present series. An online version is planned for IFLANET later this calendar year.

The current functional requirements were drafted by IFLA's Working Group on Functional Requirements and Numbering of Authority Records (FRANAR) which was established in 1999. Since 2003 IFLA is sharing responsibility for FRANAR with the Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL).

Editor Glenn E. Patton has been the Chair of the FRANAR Working Group since 2002.

New IFLA Publication-Invitation to Review: Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD) -- Draft Report

The IFLA Working Group on Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records (FRSAR) has posted an invitation to participate in the review of the Draft Report on the Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD).

The deadline for comments is July 31, 2009. Please send comments to Marcia Lei Zeng and Athena Salaba.

New Entity Relationship Diagram Added to RDA Online

An Entity Relationship (ER) diagram is used in software or database development to produce a conceptual data model. An input for development of the functional specification, the ER diagram checks RDA Element Analysis against the FRBR model.

Formatted for printing in 8.5 x 11 inch sheets, the ER diagram is a visual representation of the RDA data model. Files representing Relationships are in development.

Nannette Naught of IMT, who serves as document manager and ALA Publishing's technical lead on the project, has created the Entity Relationship (ER) diagram. Tom Delsey, editor of RDA, worked closely with Naught in the project.

To access the set of .pdf files displaying the entity relationships, go to