News from the Profession

   Full Draft of RDA Now Available

Resource Description and Access ( RDA) is the new set of cataloging guidelines that will replace the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition ( AACR2). The full draft of RDA, containing these new cataloging instructions, is now available for constituency review in PDF format.

For background information on the full draft, please see the cover letter, which refers to a number of Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA documents. The links to these documents can be found on the JSC website.

The deadline for constituency review responses is February 2, 2009, to allow time to compile comments for consideration by the JSC at its March 2009 meeting. Each constituency committee will be setting its own deadlines for comments in advance of February 2.

Submitting Comments

Comments from within countries represented on the JSC should be submitted as follows:

In Australia: contact the ACOC representative to the JSC, Deirdre Kiorgaard

In Canada: contact the CCC Secretariat

In the United Kingdom: contact the CILIP/BL Secretary, Katharine Gryspeerdt

In the United States: use the web form.

Comments from within the Library of Congress may be submitted to the LC representative to the JSC, Barbara Tillett

Comments from stakeholders outside these countries and from international groups can be submitted to the JSC Secretary, Nathalie Schulz.

If you are (or might be) represented by more than one organization, or more than one subcommittee of an organization, please select a single channel for providing your comments.

   Library of Congress Merges Acquisition, Cataloging Functions

On November 13, 2008, the Library of Congress announced a merger of its acquisitions and cataloging functions. The reorganization has been in the works for several years, and will enable LC to better handle both traditional and nontraditional resources. The new organizational structure is the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate (ABA) and merges acquisitions and cataloging functions, and streamlines workflows. Find more information online.

   Emily Sheketoff Interviewed on C-SPAN2

Emily Sheketoff, Head of ALA's Washington Office was interviewed on C-SPAN2 on November 6, 2008. The interview, which is available via C-SPAN’s video library, discussed ALA's positions on federal copyright, privacy, and piracy policy. She also discussed how those issues could be affected by President-Elect Barack Obama's administration. The interview is available at

   German-language Interface to Cataloger's Desktop Now Available

Cataloger’s Desktop now features a German interface for German speakers in addition to the English-, French-, and Spanish-language versions. By selecting “Deutsch” while logging in, subscribers can navigate in German – all searching, navigation buttons and tabs, and all help information now appears in German. The publications and web resources themselves remain in their original published languages, while all navigation functions will appear in German.

Cataloger’s Desktop currently provides access to several German language resources. The Library of Congress gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Office for Library Standards of the German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek) and Reiner Gogolin (Library of Congress) for the translation of the German interface.

   A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries and the Google Library Project Settlement

Google, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and the Authors Guild reached a settlement agreement concerning Google’s scanning of copyrighted works. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the American Library Association requested a review of the agreement by Jonathan Band, legal counsel to both organizations.

The Band paper, A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries and the Google Library Project Settlement, is designed to help the community understand the terms and conditions of this agreement. Find the Guide and related materials online.

   Middle East Librarians Association Selects Winners of the 2008 George Atiyeh Award

The George Atiyeh Prize was founded by the Middle East Librarians Association (MELA) in 1999 to honor George N. Atiyeh, retired Head of the Near East Section of the Library Congress, founding member of MELA and of the Middle East Microform Project, for his many contributions to Middle East librarianship and scholarship. Atiyeh is the first and only honorary member of MELA. The George Atiyeh Prize offers financial aid to attend the annual meetings of MELA and of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA). Awardees receive a cash award in addition to their registration fees for both the MELA and MESA annual conferences. Awardees must agree to attend both the MELA and MESA conferences in their entirety, to allow their names and photographs to be used in any publicity by MELA or other organizations contacted by MELA, and to write a report on their conference experience, to be published in MELA Notes.

The winners of the 2008 George N. Atiyeh Prize are:

Larissa Halishoff, student in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies of the University of British Columbia. She holds a BA degree in Near Eastern Studies from UBC. She is currently engaged in a project to catalog a collection of off-prints on Near Eastern topics from the University of Toronto and to create a database that will provide searching capabilities for the collection. Her primary interests in librarianship include collection development, information access, and information policy.

Michael Prohaska, a student in the Master’s of Library Science program at Southern Connecticut State University. He holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the College of Wooster and is a 2006 recipient of a State Department Critical Language Scholarship in Turkish. His long-term goal is to work in Turkey as a professional librarian and he is also considering a career in the Foreign Service. He currently works part time in two public libraries in Connecticut, serving in the circulation departments of both institutions.

Sean E. Swanick, enrolled in the Master’s in Library and Information Studies program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He graduated from the University of Exeter with a Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies in 2007. He has studied Arabic and Farsi and his travel experience includes study trips to Tunisia, Syria and Turkey. He also spent time teaching English in Seoul, South Korea in 2003-04 and again in 2006. Mr. Swanick previously won a scholarship to attend the 2008 IFLA conference held in Quebec City. This past summer, he completed a library practicum at the University of Washington library in Seattle. In the course of this practicum, he participated in purchasing and cataloguing materials in Middle Eastern languages and conducted archival work on a collection of Turkish slides, including creating metadata on them in anticipation of transforming the collection into a digital archive.

   PALINET Acquires Library Leadership Network

PALINET has acquired the Library Leadership Network (LLN), an online resource founded to support the success of twenty-first century library leaders. The PALINET Leadership Network (PLN), a major information resource throughout the United States and in other countries, has fully integrated LLN content, including Leaders Digest and the LLN Peer Panel. The acquisition is effective immediately. Learn more from the press release.

   ACRL’s New Jersey Chapter Seeks Nominees for Research Award

The Research Committee of New Jersey Library Association’s College and University Section/ACRL New Jersey Chapter seeks New Jersey librarians who are involved in, or have participated in, research projects, or have published their research during 2008.

The Research Award honors the best published library research of 2008. The winner(s) will be presented the Award at the College and University Section luncheon at the NJLA 2009 Conference, on April 29, 2009 at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch, NJ. Nominations are due on February 9, 2009. Find more information online.

   Xiaoli Li Awarded ACTSS Award

Xiaoli Li, University of California Davis, was awarded the ACTSS Award by the California Library Association’s Access, Collections, and Technical Services Section (CLA ACTSS) at the November 2008 CLA Conference. The award was given in recognition of her outstanding leadership and contributions in technical services to professional associations and to librarianship on the state, national, and international level.

Ms Li has provided exceptional leadership to California Library Association Access, Collections and Technical Services Section (ACTSS) as Vice President, President, and Past President. In addition to service to CLA ACTSS, Ms. Li has chaired committees in the Medical Library Association’s Technical Services Section; the Ex- Libris Users of North America; and the North American OCLC CJK Users Group. She is also a trainer for "Cataloging for the 21st Century," a Library of Congress initiative. More information is available online.

   ACTSS Announces New Leader Award and First Recipient

The California Library Association Access, Collections, and Technical Services Section offered a new award, The New Leader Award. The award provides up to $500 to the successful applicant for registration, travel, and lodging expenses to attend the CLA Annual Conference. The criteria for consideration include: current CLA ACTSS membership; no more than five years of post-MLS library experience, recent completion of an MLS or current enrollment in an MLS program.

Michael S. Smith, a candidate in San Jose State University's Library and Information Science program, is the first recipient of the New Leader Award. After fifteen years in the broadcasting industry, Smith began volunteering in the Cataloging Department at Fresno County Public Library and was soon hired full-time.

He plans to graduate with a master's degree in May 2009. More information is available.

   FRBR Review Group on the Namespace Project Report Available

The IFLA FRBR Namespace Project was established in 2007 to define appropriate namespaces for FRBR in the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and other appropriate syntaxes. A namespace defines a set of terms (names, words, etc.) that provide context for the terms and distinguishes them from similar terms held in different namespaces. Visit and select “Current Projects” to access the report.

   Library of Congress to Implement New Genre/Form Headings

In spring, 2007 the Library of Congress’ Policy and Standards Division (formerly the Cataloging Policy and Support Office) initiated a project to create authority records for genre/form headings for moving images (films, television programs, and video recordings) and radio programs. Over 500 genre/form headings have been approved for use.

LC’s Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS) will begin using the new LC genre/form headings exclusively on January 1, 2009. Terms from the Moving Image Genre-Form Guide (MIGFG), Moving Image Materials: Genre Terms (MIM), and the Radio Form/Genre Guide (RADFG) will not be used for new cataloging provided by LC. Headings on existing records will be updated; this work is still in the planning stages. Direct comments or questions about the genre/form headings to Janis L. Young.

    Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter Available

The December 2008 issue of the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available at This issue includes an article on a YouTube Archiving Tool developed at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Visit the web site for information on how to subscribe to the newsletter.