Cataloging Committee

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GODORT's Cataloging Committee has four main purposes:

  • To provide a forum for technical discussions on policies and practices for government document cataloging.
  • To serve as an interface for information exchange between documents catalogers and documents users in government agencies, various types of libraries, and bibliographic networks.
  • To comment upon matters which affect the cataloging of government documents and to raise such issues as appropriate.
  • To serve as liaison with other groups within ALA and through GODORT, with Federal agencies, other library associations, and bibliographic networks.

The Committee meets twice a year, at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, to discuss description and access issues with representatives of government agencies and GODORT's liaison to CC:DA. The Committee maintains three resource "toolboxes" to assist those cataloging and processing government publications.

GODORT Cataloging Committee Toolboxes for Processing and Cataloging


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The FRBR-Library Reference Model is now available in draft as of 02/21/2016 as presented to the International Library Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. The FRBR-Library Reference Model aims to be a high-level conceptual reference model developed within an entity-relationship modelling framework. It also aims to consolidate three models in the FR family (FRBR, FRAD, FRSAD) together. FRBR-LRM is oriented to end-user needs. User tasks are summarized as find, identify, select, obtain, and explore. Key terms to be aware of include 'nomen' and 'appellation,' as the modelling of bibliographic identities or personas in FRBR-LRM makes use of the nomen entity and the 'has appellation' relationship.

RDA News

Presentation at ALA 2012 Annual Conference: RDA and Government Publications (GODORT) Whether or not the U.S. national libraries implement RDA, records created according to this new code will be present in shared databases. This program focuses on those changes in RDA that affect government publications, including new rules for headings and authority records. Learn about decisions that will need to be made before a library implements RDA. Learn about GPO's approach to RDA and which national libraries around the world have decided to implement this new code. Important information for technical services unites implementing RDA and for public service librarians who have to interpret new catalog and database records. Monday, June 25, 8-10 am, Anaheim Convention Center Room 201A. RDA and the Library OPAC – Richard Guajardo, Progress on RDA Implementation – Regina Romano Reynolds,  GPO's Preparation for RDA– Jennifer Davis

Resource Description and Access (RDS) and the Implications of RDA for Federal Deposistory Libraries. GPO information page, announced July 12, 2011.

Statement from the Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library, and the National Library of Medicine regarding the Report and Recommendations of the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee on the Implementation of RDA -- Resource Description & Access. June 13, 2011

Executive Summary of the Report and Recommendations of the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee June 13, 2011

Current RDA resources - Library of Congress

Previous Topics of Interest

Provider-Neutral E-Monograph MARC Record Guide has been posted to the BIBCO Web site. In anticipation of an implementation date of August 1, 2009, the guide was posted to the BIBCO Web site. Thanks to Provider Neutral Task Force members Becky Culbertson, Yael Mandelstam, and George Prager for preparing the guide. The document contains background information, a metadata application profile (MAP), and examples to guide BIBCO and other catalogers in creating provider neutral e-monograph records.

Also in anticipation of an August 1, 2009 implementation date, the CONSER Standard Record Guidelines (CSR) have been revised to incorporate PCC practices for online series qualifiers (for background please see the Library of Congress CONSER website).

LCRI 25.5B has been revised to support the CONSER practice of not requiring a uniform title for an online monographic series solely to differentiate online from other physical mediums. This revision is included in the Cataloger's Desktop 2009 Issue 3 released July 31, 2009.

Resource Description and Access (RDA) webcasts

2/17/09 - In a series of webcasts, Dr. Barbara Tillett, Chief, Policy and Standards Division of the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, presents information about Resource Description and Access (RDA), the next generation cataloging code. Presentations currently available include one providing background and an overview of RDA, and one on the cataloging principles of RDA. Future presentations will focus on Functional Requirements of Bibliographic Records (FRBR), Functional Requirements of Authority Data (FRAD), and the content and structure of RDA.

MARC Proposal 2008-06

With field 440 becoming obsolete, some are asking "How are you dealing with $x ISSN in the 440's that isn't legal in the 8xx?" To address this, the proposal suggests adding information associated with the Series Added Entry fields (800-830).