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 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.
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.
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.
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 toBarbara B. Tillett Chief, Cataloging Policy and Support Office Library of Congress Washington, DC 20540-4305 INTERNET: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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