ALA has appointed Jennifer Bowen of the University of Rochester as its representative to the Joint Steering Committee for the Revision of AACR2 (JSC). Bowen is Head of Cataloging for all of the university libraries at Rochester and also Head of Technical Services (cataloging, acquisitions, conservation) at the Sibley Music Library of the Eastman School of Music. She previously held positions at Sibley and at the Detroit Public Library. She holds a BM in Music History from Central Michigan University, and AMLS and MA degrees from University of Michigan.
Bowen's activities include her current service as Chair of the ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section. She has chaired the Joint Steering Committee's Format Variation Working Group since 2001. This is an international group (U.S., Canada, UK, Australia) charged by the JSC to investigate various aspects of incorporating the Functional Requirements of Bibliographic Records (FRBR) entity "expression" into AACR. The group has been proposing revisions to Chapter 25 for expression-level headings, working to "deconstruct" the GMD, and working with system vendors (in particular OCLC and VTLS) concerning their implementations of FRBR. Bowen served on the Policy Committee for Cataloging (PCC) for six years, and was the Music Library Association's representative to ALCTS Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) for four years. She was active on several CC:DA task forces, including the Multiple Versions Task Force which she chaired for one year.
Bowen is in demand as a speaker on FRBR: she gave a presentation to the Music Library Association in February 2004 and will be speaking at the ALCTS FRBR Preconference Back to the Future at ALA Annual in Orlando, at the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) meeting this coming July, and at the NY Library Association meeting in October 2004.
Bowen says "I'm very honored to have been appointed to represent ALA on the JSC and am thrilled to be taking part in the process that will lead to a new edition of AACR." Carol Pitts Diedrich, President-elect of ALCTS, comments "I very much appreciate the thoughtful and careful consideration the CCS Executive Committee gave to this issue and I think the outcome is a good one. Jennifer will be an excellent representative."
Bowen will succeed Matthew Beacom of Yale University as ALA's representative to JSC. For more information about the Joint Steering Committee, please see the Newsletter's interview with Beacom in volume 15, no.1, February 2004.