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CC:DA Activities at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC

The Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access met twice at ALA Annual 2010.

On Saturday, June 26, the main agenda items included the report from the Representative of the Library of Congress, the Report of the ALA Representative to the Joint Steering Committee, a report on PCC activities, reports from the RDA Training Task Force and the RDA Programming Task Force, and a report from the CC:DA Task Force to to review ISBD: International Standard Bibliographic Description — 2010 consolidated edition. The LC report included discussion about the Greek Romanization Table and a Draft Procedure for Romanization Proposals.

The highlight of the meeting on Monday, June 28, was a presentation by Ronald J. Miller, in collaboration with Barbara B. Tillett, both of the Library of Congress, entitled “From ‘Moby-Dick’ To ‘Mash-Ups’: Thinking About Bibliographic Networks”. Ron described his efforts to apply the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) model to a bibliography of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, and presented his results in a set of visualization diagrams designed to show hierarchy and network relationships. The presentation is available at

During the break on Monday morning, there was a brief celebration (with cake!) of the successful launch of the RDA Toolkit and RDA: Resource Description and Access, in order to thank some of the many people who contributed to RDA content over the years. Pictures from the event are posted at:

Lori Robare

Changes in CC:DA Membership

Several changes in CC:DA membership were announced at the end of the meeting in Washington.

The new Chair of CC:DA is Lori Robare. Lori is the Assistant Head, Metadata and Digital Library Services at the University of Oregon. She has been a member of CC:DA since 2008, and has previously been an active member of the Subject Analysis Committee.

Other new voting members are Peter Rolla of the University of Colorado at Boulder and Patricia Dragon of East Carolina University. The new interns are Gayle Porter (Chicago State University) and John Ilardo (University of Buffalo).

CC:DA also said farewell to voting members Kathy Glennan and outgoing chair John Myers, whose terms on CC:DA ended at the Annual Conference (although John was appointed as the liaison from MARBI). Others ending their service on CC:DA were Everett Allgood (liaison from MARBI), Patricia Ratkovitch (liaison from the Cataloging of Children’s Materials Committee), and Helen Schmierer (liaison from the Preservation and Reformatting Section).

New Task Forces Appointed

Two new CC:DA Task Forces were appointed to begin CC:DA’s contribution to the revision of RDA.

The Task Force on RDA Instructions for Governmental and Non-Governmental Corporate Bodies is charged to “look broadly at issues relating to corporate hierarchies in preferred names and access points.” The Task Force is chaired by Kevin Randall of Northwestern University.

The Task Force on RDA Instructions for Heads of State and Heads of Government is charged to investigate the current RDA instructions under 11.2.2 on heads of state and heads of government and to propose revisions to deal with the inconsistencies in the two sets of instructions, particularly regarding the choice of language for the name. The Task Force is also charged to present a proposal for instructions on access points for ruling executive bodies.

Both task forces are charged to present interim reports at the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, CA.