Task Force on Non-English Access

A new task force, the Task Force on Non-English Access, has been created to address resolutions that came before Council at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The Task Force will examine our role in enabling access to library resources in all languages and scripts and in addressing the needs of users of materials in all languages and scripts through the development of library standards and practices.

Cynthia Whitacre, Chair of the Cataloging and Classification Section, has written the following charge to the Task Force:

"The Task Force shall examine ALA's past, present, and potential future roles in enabling access to library resources in all languages and scripts and in addressing the needs of users of materials in all languages and scripts through the development of library standards and practices. In particular, the Task Force shall examine MARBI, CC:DA, and CC:AAM actions related to non-English language resources, and their role in encouraging and facilitating access to materials in all languages and scripts. The Task Force shall also examine efforts by online vendors and bibliographic utilities to facilitate balanced access to non-English language materials within their areas of responsibility. The Task Force shall provide a written report to the ALCTS Executive Committee at its Spring 2006 meeting. This report will include information on access to non-English language materials in library records, catalogs, online systems and bibliographic utilities, as well as recommended actions for ALCTS to consider for encouraging timely development of non-English language material access and support."

The Task Force roster includes:

Beth Picknally Camden (Chair)
University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Joan Aliprand

Diana M. Brooking
University of Washington Libraries

Karen Coyle
(MARBI)

Ann Della Porta
Library of Congress

Shi Deng
University of California, San Diego Libraries

William J. Kopycki
University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Heidi G. Lerner
Stanford University Libraries

Kristin Lindlan
University of Washington Libraries

Sally H. McCallum
Library of Congress

David N. Nelson
University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Glenn Patton
Online Computer Library Center

Karen Smith
Yoshimura Research Libraries Group