LC CATALOGING NEWSLINE

Online Newsletter of the Cataloging Directorate, Library of Congress

Volume 3, no. 11, ISSN 1066-8829, October 30, 1995
CONTENTS

I. Library of Congress Reorganization II. LC Staff at the 61st IFLA Conference, Istanbul III. American Association of Law Libraries Annual Convention IV. Heading for World Bank V. Subclass ZA, Information Resources

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS REORGANIZATION

On September 15, the Librarian of Congress issued Special Announcement No. 95-16, in which he described his plans for redesigning several service units within the Library of Congress. From this redesign will emerge Library Services, a restructuring of Collections Services, Constituent Services, and Cultural Affairs, all of which will cease to exist. Winston Tabb, currently Associate Librarian for Collections Services, will head this new service unit, of which the Cataloging Directorate will be a part. In addition to cataloging, acquisitions, public service, preservation, area studies, and national program activities will be subsumed in Library Services.

The Librarian stated that this new alignment will better position the Library to achieve efficiencies and have better accountability, even as it faces austere budget years ahead. The realignment will move forward in two phases. Phase one will be completed on November 13, when the overall reorganization takes place. Phase two will commence on that date and run through spring 1996. During this second phase further shifts will occur at the divisional level. These may include combining certain divisions or transferring particular functions to different and more logical places within the service unit.

At this point, it is not clear what the impact on the Cataloging Directorate will be. At the outset, there will be minimal impact, as the directorate will remain intact, continuing with the same divisions: Arts and Sciences Cataloging, Cataloging in Publication, Cataloging Policy and Support, Decimal Classification, History and Literature Cataloging, Regional and Cooperative Cataloging, Social Sciences Cataloging, and Special Materials Cataloging. In the interim, Sarah Thomas, who has been acting director for Public Service and Collection Management I, which will be abolished, will become acting director for Public Service Collections. Beacher Wiggins continues as acting director for cataloging while Dr. Thomas is on detail.


LC STAFF AT THE 61st IFLA CONFERENCE, ISTANBUL

LC participants who attended last August's IFLA conference included staff with responsibilities in various committees. Winston Tabb was elected secretary of the Section on National Libraries as well as of the Coordinating Board of the Division of General Research Libraries. Sarah Thomas, acting director, Public Service and Collection Management I, edits the Section on Cataloguing's newsletter, SCATNews, which reports such activities as the development by 26 European countries of a database of authority files. John Byrum, chief, Regional and Cooperative Cataloging Division, chairs both the ISBD Maintenance Group and the review group for ISBD(CF), whose report begins a world-wide six- month review this month. Also under consideration is an expansion of ISBD(S) to include serial computer files. Sally McCallum, chief, Network Development and MARC Standards Office, is the new chair of the UNIMARC Committee, which is preparing an update that will be published in late 1995 or early 1996. She was also elected chair of IFLA's Professional Board. Barbara Tillett, chief, Cataloging Policy and Support Office, is a consultant to the Working Group on the Functional Requirements of Bibliographic Records, which has developed a model that will be reviewed this year. She also chairs the group reviewing the IFLA standard, Form and Structure of Corporate Names. Julianne Beall, assistant editor, Dewey Decimal Classification, is the new secretary of the IFLA Section on Classification and Indexing. She serves as a member of the section's Working Group on Principles Underlying Subject Heading Languages and as a member of the Joint Working Group on a Classification Format of the Section on Classification and Indexing and the Section on Information Technology.


AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES ANNUAL CONVENTION

AALL and LC have collaborated in a number of ways, and AALL's annual convention typically includes presentations and working sessions that exemplify this relationship. The July 1995 conference included several sessions devoted to aspects of the development and use of the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) for law materials--class K and portions of class J. Classification Plus, a CD-ROM version of these schedules developed by the Catalog Distribution Service was demonstrated. Discussion also continued among AALL members on how these classes could best be presented online to law libraries outside LC. Recent schedule development has concentrated on the new alternative subclasses KZ/JZ, which replace subclass JX and allow libraries the choice of whether to classify international law materials in law or political science. Additionally, KZ has been expanded to subclasses KZA, Law of the Sea, and KZB, Law of Outer Space, the Moon, and other celestial bodies. A new AALL discussion group was formed to review and possibly contribute to LC's recently established Form/Genre Group, in which representatives from throughout the Library are exploring cataloging and retrieval issues related to MARBI's approval of field 655 and subfield v for subject access to form/genre/physical description of materials.


WORLD BANK

In 1985 the Library established the name heading International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for 1982+ imprints and restricted the use for main/added entries of the former heading World Bank for pre-1982 imprints. Information in the bank's annual report for 1982 indicated that the term "World Bank" meant both the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and its affiliate, the International Development Association. Although some of the bank's administrative publications have continued to document the use of "World Bank" to encompass the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association and at times other organizations (International Finance Corporation, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, etc.), the conventional name World Bank has continued to be used in its other publications and in general news media.

Since the bank did not implement in all its publications the concept of "World Bank" as a collective term for two or more agencies as found in its administrative publications and since the conventional name is well known, the Library has reconsidered its two headings for the bank. The authority record for International Bank for Reconstruction and Development has been cancelled in favor of the authority record for the heading World Bank. Subordinate body name authority records and related name and series authority records are being cancelled/modified and bibliographic file maintenance will be done.


SUBCLASS ZA, INFORMATION RESOURCES

To accommodate new information media such as computer networks, databases, online services, and CD-ROMs, the Library of Congress is proposing a new subclass, tentatively designated ZA, with the title Information Resources. Since the creation of a new subclass will have a significant impact on those who use the LC Classification, the Library is interested in hearing reactions to this proposal from the community of users. Please send your comments to

Barbara B. Tillett Chief, Cataloging Policy and Support Office Library of Congress Washington, DC 20540-4305 INTERNET: cpso@loc.gov FAX: (202) 707-6629 Comments should reach CPSO no later than December 15, 1995.

Below is the text of a tentative draft of subclass ZA. This text and notation have not yet been editorially approved or adopted. These numbers are not yet being assigned to new works being cataloged. When the development has been approved, it will be published in the LC Classification: Additions and Changes, available by subscription from the Cataloging Distribution Service.

ZA
               Information resources
                  Class here works on sources of information in
                    general, not limited to a specific topic,
                    format, medium, or provider, as well as
                    general works on how to find information.  For
                    works on information on specific subjects, see
                    the subject
                  Cf. HC79.I55, Information economy
                      Q350+, Information theory
                      T58.5+, Information technology
                      Z699+, Information storage and retrieval
                       systems
                  For works on information science as a discipline,
                    see Z665+
                  For technical works on online data processing,
                    see QA
3040            Periodicals.  Societies.  Serials
3045            Congresses
3050            Directories.  Catalogs.  Lists of information
                  sources
3060            General works
3065            Research.  How to find information
                Information services.  Information centers [moved
                  from Z674.2+]
                    Including documentation centers, data
                     libraries, bibiliographical centers, etc.
                    Cf. AG500+, Clipping bureaus
                      HD9999.I49+, Information services industry
                      Z695.93+, Abstracting and indexing services
3150              Periodicals.  Societies.  Serials
3153              Congresses
3155              Directories
3157              General works
3159              By region or country, A-Z
                     Under each country:
                       .x   General works
                       .x2 Individual centers.  By place, A-Z
                Information superhighway [moved from HE7555+]
3201              Periodicals.  Societies.  Serials
3203              Congresses
3205              Dictionaries.  Encyclopedias
3207              Directories
                  Study and teaching.  Research
3209                General works
3210                By region or country, A-Z
3225              General works
3235              Juvenile works
3250              By region or country, A-Z
                Information resources on specific subjects, see
                  the subject
                Information in specific formats or media
                    Books and other print media, see Z1-8999
                  Computer network resources
                     For technical works on the
                       telecommunications aspects of computer
                       networks, see TK5105.5
                    Directories.  Catalogs.  Lists of resources
4150                 General works
                    Resources of particular networks, online
                     services, etc.
                         Including works on how to use individual
                           networks or online services
4201                     America Online
4226                   CompuServe
4251                     GEnie
4276                   Internet
4301                     Microsoft Network
4325                   Prodigy
4352                   World Wide Web
                     Research.  How to use networks, online
                       services, etc.
4375                   General works
                       Particular networks, services, etc., see
ZA4201+
                     Computer network resources on specific
                       subjects, see the subject
                  Databases
                     Including CD-ROM and other physical forms
4450                Directories.  Catalogs.  Lists of databases
4460                Research.  How to use databases
                    Databases on specific subjects, see the subject
                  Motion pictures.  Video recordings
4550                Directories.  Lists and catalogs        
           
                       Class here catalogs and directories of
                         nonfiction films and video recordings not
                         limited to a specific topic
                       For fiction films and videos, see PN
                    Motion pictures and video recordings on
                     specific subjects, see the subject
                  Sound recordings
4650                Discographies.  Lists and catalogs
                       Class here lists of non-music sound
                         recordings not                          
                         limited to a specific topic, as well as
                         general lists that include both music and
                         non-music sound recordings.
                       For works limited to music, see M
                    Sound recordings on specific subjects, see the
                     subject
                Information from specific providers
                  Government information
                     Class here works on government information
                       not limited to a specific topic
                     For bibliographies of printed government
                       publications, see Z7164.G7
                     For works on government publicity, see
                       JF1525.P8, JK849,                                   etc.
                     For works on public records, see JK468.P76,
                       JL86.P76, etc.
                     For works on secret and confidential
                       government information, see JK468.S4,
                       JL86.S43, etc.
                    Directories.  Lists and catalogs of government
                     information resources
4750                 General works
4755                 By region or country, A-Z
                    Government information on specific subjects,
                     see the subject
                    Government information in specific formats or
                     media
                     Computer network resources
                       Directories.  Lists and catalogs of
                         government information resources
4770                     General works
                         Government information resources
                           available on specific networks, online
                           services, etc.
                            Including works on how to use
                              individual networks or online
                              services to retrieve government
                              information
4776                       America Online
4780                       CompuServe
4786                       GEnie
4791                       Internet
4796                       Microsoft Network
4801                       Prodigy
4806                       World Wide Web
                       Research.  How to use networks, online
                         service, etc., to retrieve government
                         information
4810                     General works
                         Particular networks, services, etc., see
                           ZA4776+
                       Computerized government information
                         resources on specific subjects, see the
                         subject
                     Databases
                         Including CD-ROM and other physical forms
                       Directories.  Lists and catalogs of
                         databases of government information
4880                     General works
4885                     By region or country, A-Z
                       Databases of government information on
                         specific subjects, see the subject

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