Committee on Cataloging: Description & Access (CC:DA)


To make a continuing assessment of the state of the art and suggest the direction of change in the field of descriptive cataloging; to recommend solutions to problems relating not only to bibliographic description but also to choice and form of access points, other than subject access; to initiate proposals for additions to and revisions of the cataloging code currently adopted by ALA and to review proposals initiated by other groups of individuals; to develop official ALA positions on such proposals in consultation with other appropriate ALA units and organizations in the U.S.A.; to instruct the ALA representative to the joint steering committee for the development of RDA regarding the official ALA position and to suggest acceptable bases for negotiations; to develop official ALA positions on proposed international cataloging policies and standards pertaining to the committee's areas of responsibility and to advise the official ALA representative; or, if there is no official ALA representative, to act as the clearinghouse within ALA for review of these policies and standards and to serve as the formal liaison between ALA and the originating organizations; to encourage the U.S. Library and information services community to express opinions on issues under consideration through timely publication of agenda items in the community's press; to keep the profession informed by reporting committee actions promptly through appropriate communication channels.


Peter J. Rolla (Chair, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014)
Dominique Bourassa (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Patricia M. Dragon (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Mary Anne Dyer (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Steve Kelley (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Sandra Macke (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Ms. Melanie Polutta (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Gayle Porter (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Robert Rendall (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014)
Larisa Walsh (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Michael S. Babinec (Intern, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014)
Mrs. Elyssa M. Gould (Intern, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014)
Kathryn P. Glennan (RDA Steering Committee Representative, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2016)
John F. Myers (Rep to MARC Advisory Committee, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Mr. Glenn E. Patton (OCLC Representative, July 1, 2002, to December 31, 2014)
Dr. Barbara B. Tillett (Ex-Officio Member, July 1, 2002, to March 30, 2014)
Charles Wilt (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2001, to February 13, 2015)

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CC:DA consists of 9 voting members, 12 non-voting ALA liaisons, 15 non-voting non-ALA liaisons, 2 interns, 1 webmaster and 6 non-voting ex oficio representatives from the following organizations: The Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA (JSC), the Library of Congress (LC), the Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information Committee (MARBI), OCLC, and ALCTS (appointed from CaMMS) serving 2 year terms and led by a Chair.


CC:DA was formally established in 1979, under the aegis of the Cataloging and Classification Section, itself under Resources and Technical Services Division, the precursor to ALCTS. It draws from a long history of committees addressing cataloging codes and rules, including the Catalog Code Revision Committee, the Descriptive Cataloging Committee, and the Subcommittee on Rules for Cataloging Machine-Readable Data Files. As part of its standing charge encompassing the state of descriptive cataloging, CC:DA was the conduit for ALA input on revision to AACR2, but in 2004 efforts shifted to addressing RDA. CC:DA has historically reviewed and addressed other international codes concerning descriptive cataloging.

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All voting members of CC:DA are appointed from the CaMMS Section of ALCTS. For more information, see the ALA document “How do I get appointed to an ALCTS committee?” and fill out the ALCTS volunteer form.