ALCTS - Association of Library Collections & Technical Services

Task Force on ISO Harmonization


Final Report (12/16/2001; rev. 5/12/2002)


August 14, 2000; rev. May 14, 2001


The Task Force on ISO Harmonization is charged with:

  • identifying and examining ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards relevant to AACR2 resource description, focusing in particular on standards for abbreviation, symbolization, and punctuation
  • consulting, as needed, with the ALA representative to the National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
  • identifying areas where ISO standards and AACR2 differ
  • discussing whether harmonization of ISO and AACR2 is desirable or necessary
  • if deemed appropriate, proposing rule revisions to AACR2

Interim reports of the Task Force shall be presented at the CC:DA meeting during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Washington, D.C. in January 2001 and ALA Annual Meeting in San Francisco in June 2001. A final report shall be sent to the Chair of CC:DA no later than December 16, 2001.


July 10, 2001


Michael A. Chopey, Chair
University of Hawaii at Manoa Libraries
2550 The Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
work: (808) 956-2765
fax: (808) 956-5968

Beth Guay
Cataloging Dept., McKeldin Library
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742
work: (301) 405-9329
fax: (301) 314-9971

John Hostage
Harvard Law School Library
1545 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
work: (617) 495-3974
fax: (617) 496-4409

Gabriele I. Kupitz
Brigham Young University
Harold B. Lee Library, Rm. 6458
Provo, Utah 84602-6883
work: (801) 378-6735
fax: (801) 378-3221

Aimée Quinn
University of Illinois at Chicago
Richard J. Daley Library
801 Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7041
work: (312) 413-0048
fax: (312) 413-0424
e-mail: or

John M. Sluk
Head of Monographs
Oberlin College Library
Oberlin, OH 44074
work: (440) 775-8285
fax: (440) 775-8739

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December 16, 2001; rev. May 12, 2002

Final Report

Please note that the purpose of this document is to facilitate the work of the Committee and to provide a means for outreach to both library and non-library cataloging communities. This document is intended for the exclusive use of CC:DA and its cataloging constituencies, and is presented for discussion in the ongoing process of rule revision. Under no circumstances should the information here be copied or re-transmitted without prior consultation with the current Chair of CC:DA.

The final report (December 16, 2001) is available in the following formats:

The revised final report (May 12, 2002) is available in the following formats: