Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access

Charge

The body within the American Library Association responsible for developing official ALA positions on additions to and revisions to RDA: Resource Description and Access.

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Roster

Mr. Glen Wiley (Chair, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Mr. Brian Patrick Clark (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Lori Dekydtspotter (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Erin Grant (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Daniel Jergovic (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022)
Tina Marie Maes (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Ms. Gina Solares (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Jia Xu (Com. on Cataloging: Asian and African Materials Rep, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Felicity A. Dykas (ACRL Representative, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Robert L. Maxwell (SAC Liaison to CC:DA, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Timothy Ryan Mendenhall (Metadata Interest Group Representative, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Ms. Catherine Elizabeth Kellett (GODORT Representative, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Ms. Min Zhang (MAGIRT Representative, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Brian Stearns (ACRL-RBMS Liaison, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Stephen S. Hearn (North American RDA Committee Representative, January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2021)
Robert L. Maxwell (North American RDA Committee Representative, January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2023)
John F. Myers (Rep to MARC Advisory Committee, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Mr. Richard R. Guajardo (Webmaster, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2024)
Ms. Melanie Polutta (Library of Congress Liaison, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Nathan B. Putnam (OCLC Representative, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Weatherly A. Stephan (SAA Representative, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Mr. Jay Neil Weitz (IFLA Cataloging Section Representative, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Mr. Thomas M. Dousa (Catholic Lib Assoc Representative, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Leoma Rose Dunn (SLA Representative, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Mr. Keith Knop (Music Library Association Liaison, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Heidi G. Lerner (AJL Representative, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Kelley McGrath (Online Audiovisual Catalogues Liaision, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Ms. Diane Napert (ARSC Representative, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Jahala D. Simuel (Medical Lib Assoc Representative, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Karen Stafford (ARLIS/NA Liaison, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Ryan Tamares (AALL Representative, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Donna J. Wells (ATLA Representative, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Jenny Levine (Staff Liaison, June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2025)
Brooke Morris-Chott (Staff Liaison, August 1, 2020, to June 30, 2025)

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Composition

Consists of nine voting members (including the Chair), two interns, five ex-officio representatives, and approximately 30 non-voting liaisons from ALA units and from non-ALA organizations with an interest in issues of descriptive cataloging.

About this Committee

Deliverables

  • Makes a continuing assessment of the state of the art and suggest the direction of change in the field of descriptive cataloging;
  • Recommends solutions to problems relating not only to bibliographic description but also to choice and form of access points, other than subject access;
  • Initiates proposals for additions to and revisions of the cataloging code currently adopted by ALA and to review proposals initiated by other groups or individuals;
  • Develops official ALA positions on such proposals in consultation with other appropriate ALA units and organizations in the U.S.A.;
  • Instructs the ALA Representative to the RDA Steering Committee (RSC) regarding the official ALA position and to suggest acceptable bases for negotiations;
  • Develops official ALA positions on proposed international cataloging policies and standards pertaining to the committee’s area 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;
  • Encourages 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;
  • Keeps the profession informed by reporting committee actions promptly through appropriate communication channels

Expected Time Commitment

  • Holds 1-2 virtual meetings per year and meets in person in conjunction with ALA conferences

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

  • Extensive knowledge/experience in cataloging
  • Familiarity with ALA and/or international cataloging oranization