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Cataloguing Commission Report for 2011

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The Cataloguing Commission hosted one session at the conference in Dublin, which was called "Implementing Standards in Cataloguing Music." The first part of the session was on RDA Implementation. Geraldine Ostrove, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, presented an update on RDA from the Library of Congress noting that implementation would not take place before January 2013, subject to some clarifications and changes being made.  Those cataloguers who had been involved in creating examples for the RDA testing period would continue to catalogue using RDA thus creating a body of records already using the new standard.


Joseph Hafner, McGill University, Montreal, presented on Canada's progress with RDA Implementation, which involves working to translate RDA into French, which is a collaboration between Library Archives Canada, ASTED, BAnQ and the BnF.


He also presented an update from Jay Weitz, OCLC, on OCLC's plans which included information about RDA in both tools like Connexion and in a new commission to be formed to review how to handle legacy records in WorldCat.


Massimo Gentili-Tedeschi, Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, Milan, gave an RDA outsider's response to the efforts of RDA from the perspective of his deep involvement in the recent revision of the Italian cataloguing code.


In the next second paper, Andrew MacEwan, British Library, Boston Spa, gave an overview of ISNI: The International Standard Name Identifier.  He outlined the history of the identifier, the principal partners which include the British Library, and future prospects.  ISNI, in combination with VIAF: the Virtual International Authority File project has the capacity to solve many of the name authority problems between libraries and other users of arty identification data with a single identifier to cover all variant forms.  This could provide a solution for all users to the Tchaikovsky / Tschaikowsky / Chajkovskij / Ciaikovski / –ß–∞–∏–∫–æ–≤—Å–∫–∏–π ... problem.


In the third part, Antony Gordon the session Chair read a paper for Mark McKnight, University of North Texas, Denton, who was unable to attend.  The paper was entitled "Are we there yet? Toward a workable controlled vocabulary for music."  In the paper Mark outlined a brief history of music subject indexing particularly in relation to LCSH.  He pointed out the difficulties in the past for drawing distinctions between 'is-ness' and 'about-ness" kinds of subject heading.


Mark McKnight's full paper and position papers other contributors are available on the IAML website in the Cataloguing Commission area.


Elections for Cataloguing Commission officers for the period 2011 to 2014 were held at the beginning of the session. Joseph Hafner (McGill University Library, Montreal) was elected as Chair but there were no nominations for other posts. Subsequently Geraldine Ostrove (Library of Congress, Washington, DC) indicated her willingness to take the Vice-Chair position and she was elected by a vote in Council. The Secretary position remains vacant.


The Cataloguing Commission has established a wiki to do their work during the year. Anyone  wishing to be added to the group, should email Joseph Hafner at joseph.hafner@mcgill.ca



Comments (1)

Massimo Gentili-Tedeschi said

at 2:32 am on Sep 23, 2011

...Tchaikovsky / Tschaikowsky / Chajkovskij / Ciaikovski / –ß–∞–∏–∫–æ–≤—Å–∫–∏–π ... problem.
Mmmhhh, I see a problem of character coding...

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