Cataloging and Bibliographic Technology Subcommittee 2013 Report

Friday, May 17, 2013, 11:00am-12:00pm
Room Segovia A, Westin Colonnade Hotel, Miami, Florida

** Thank you to Ellen Jaramillo for taking notes for the meeting minutes **

Attendees: Ellen Jaramillo (Yale U.), Tina Gross (St. Cloud State U.), Sara Levinson (UNC-Chapel Hill), Brenda Salem (U. of Pittsburgh), John B. Wright (Brigham Young U.), Cecilia Sercan (Cornell), Peter S. Bushnell (U. of Florida), Sarah Leroy (U. of Pittsburgh), Steven Kiczek (San Diego State U.), Tim Thompson (U. of Miami), Pedro Figueroa (Books from Mexico), S. Lief Adleson (Books from Mexico), Licet Ruiz C. (Instituto de Historia de Nicaragua y Centroamérica), Felipe Varela (E-Libro), Alejandra Méndez (Biblioteca Juan de Córdova), Israel Quic (Bibliotecas Comunitarias Riecken), Daniel Schoorl (UCLA-HAPI), Bart Burk (U. of Notre Dame), Ana D. Rodriguez (U. of Miami), Melanie Polutta (Library of Congress), Ana Cristan (Library of Congress), Fernando Genovart (Librería García Cambeiro)

The meeting of the Cataloging and Bibliographic Technology Subcommittee was held May 17th from 11am-12pm. It was attended by 22 people and was headed by Subcommittee chair Brenda Salem. Attendance, which was higher than usual, included several libreros.

Ana Lupe Cristán, a Cooperative Cataloging Program Specialist in the Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO) of the Library of Congress gave a presentation titled ‘Lessons Learned on Implementing RDA at the Library of Congress.’ The presentation, which included handouts, explained some of the changes to bibliographic records brought on by RDA (Resource Description and Access), the new cataloging standard that replaces AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, second edition), and “went live” this spring. She noted the RDA terminology in Spanish, and described the essentials for implementing a new cataloging code, the online curricula available in Spanish and English (Powerpoint presentations and videos are available on iTunes). She noted that a Spanish translation of the new RDA instructions are not yet available on the RDA Toolkit and urged attendees to leave feedback in the RDA Toolkit website in order to help move the process along. She also outlined the Bibliographic Framework (BIBFRAME) transition initiative to move away from the MARC21 encoding format to better accommodate future bibliographical needs and take advantage of newer technology.

Members and attendees briefly reported on the status of RDA training and implementation at their respective institutions. Several institutions have trained paraprofessionals in RDA. There was some frustration expressed due to the constantly changing online documentation on RDA and the lack of index to the RDA Toolkit. Library of Congress members noted that it is good policy to check the RDA documentation frequently. John B. Wright (BYU) mentioned that in the previous year, his institution enlisted the services of Gary Strawn (Northwestern U.) to create a program to update headings to comply with RDA (i.e. “Dept.” into “Department”, etc.) in their bibliographic files. He encouraged members to contact Gary Strawn and have him do the same thing for their institutions.