ALCTS > ANO v. 19 no. 2 > Features

Spotlight on CCS

David Miller, Curry College

Everyone active in the field knows well by now that the cluster of activities that we call “bibliographic control” is undergoing multiple, significant transformations. The Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) is very much involved with the ongoing changes in bibliographic control principles and practice, as a look at the section’s upcoming programming for the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim will show. If there is an unofficial theme for CCS programs in Anaheim, it is that of interconnections: among libraries and other types of cultural institutions; among languages, scripts, and cultures; among ALCTS/CCS and other groups in and outside of ALA; and among standards themselves, existing and evolving.

CCS Programs

Serving the Whole Community: Multilingual Access in Public Libraries

This program is one response to the 2007 Report of the ALCTS Task Force on Non-English Access. The population of North America continues to become richer and more diverse, linguistically and culturally. As this process continues, the need for multilingual access through library catalogs and other services has moved well beyond the major urban centers, in addition to multilingual collection development. What are the multilingual needs of public library users today? How are they being met, what is needed, and to what developments can we look forward? The speakers are

  • Mary Catherine Little (Queens Borough Public Library),
  • Pat Fahrenthold (San Francisco Public Library),
  • Shelley Ekeroth (County of Los Angeles Public Library)
  • Lisa Elliott (Project Manager, Language Sets, OCLC)

Saturday, June 28, 1:30–3:30 pm, Disney Paradise Pier, Pacific B. Co-sponsored by the Cataloging Needs of Public Libraries Committee of the Public Library Association,

Getting Ready for RDA and FRBR: What You Need to Know

Later that same day, we will take a look at what to do to prepare for Resource Description and Access ( RDA) and Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). Libraries, archives, and museums, among others, need to prepare for the release of RDA in 2009. This new standard differs from AACR2, and incorporates concepts from FRBR and Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD). This program focuses on functionality, as well as implementation strategies, issues such as infrastructure and re-thinking cataloging, education, and the impact of RDA across the stakeholders' communities. Speakers:

  • Barbara Tillett (Library of Congress),
  • Glenn Patton (OCLC)
  • Shawne D. Miksa (University of North Texas; Chair, RDA Implementation Task Force)

Saturday, June 28, 4–5:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 204B.

Creating the Future of the Catalog and Cataloging

This program had its origin, in part, in the concern that discussions about “the future of cataloging” and “the future of the catalog” have been moving along separate tracks, with little contact between them. The program, co-sponsored by the ALCTS Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group (NRMIG) and the LITA Next Generation Catalog Interest Group, will explore the connections between the promise of next generation catalogs, the potential of global information networks, and what catalogers do. How may catalogers and others use new tools such as WorldCat Local, the eXtensible Catalog, and faceted browsing, new concepts such as "ambient findability," and new behaviors like social tagging, to create valuable services for information users? These questions will be addressed by

  • Martha Yee (UCLA Film and Television Archive),
  • Jennifer Bowen (University of Rochester),
  • Tim Spalding (LibraryThing) and
  • Diane Hillman (Cornell Digital Library Research Group).

Robert Wolven (Columbia University) will moderate the discussion, which will include audience questions and conversation.

Sunday, June 29, 8 am–noon, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 204B.


CCS has made increasing use of forums in the last couple of years, as a means of addressing current issues in a shorter time frame than formal program planning generally allows. On Monday morning, from 8–10 am, we will present a CCS Forum on the topic of international aspects of authority control, including the addition of non-Roman script data to authority records and an update on the Virtual International Authority File project. It is also possible that, in addition to the RDA program described above, we will host the latest in a series of RDA Forums on Saturday morning. This will be confirmed as the 2008 ALA Annual Conference approaches, so please watch for announcements. Find more information on all ALCTS programs at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference online.

In April of 2007, the CCS Executive Committee prepared a statement, submitted by the ALCTS Board of Directors to the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, for the WG’s second public meeting on "Standards and Structures." A quote from that statement expresses the commitment that CCS has to facing an environment of persistent complexity:

Standards and structures need to enable metadata drawn from different disciplines and communities to be reused intelligently in a variety of end-user environments. 'Library-created' metadata, whether of established or recently developed types, should be able to flow easily into applications created outside librarianship proper. Similarly, metadata types with provenance outside librarianship should be able to be incorporated into whatever 'library systems' become, for the purposes of building on the strengths of library-created metadata as well as addressing its weaknesses. Implied are the development of standards and structures which allow fluid sharing and mixing of data types, preservation of context (the metadata’s 'original intelligence'), granularity in indexing and display to any degree desired, decoupling of markup from display, and translation/transformation into the conventions of multiple end-user environments.

—from " Testimony Submitted to the LOC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, p. 58.

We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim!