Library of Congress Plans for Integrated Library System
Program for Cooperative Cataloging Web Site
New CONSER Web Site
AV Core-Level Record Standards
PCC Executive Council Meeting
PCC/CONSER Joint Discussions
The Library of Congress has begun to develop a Request for Proposals (RFP) to obtain an integrated library system (ILS) which will eventually combine automated acquisitions, serials control, inventory control and shelflisting, binding, circulation, and cataloging capabilities with an online public access catalog. Associate Librarian Winston Tabb is chairing the ILS Management Planning Group, which provides policy guidance and serves as liaison to LC's other top managers. Other members of the ILS Management Planning Group are Glen Zimmerman (director for Acquisitions & Support Services), Beacher Wiggins (acting director for Cataloging), Sarah Thomas (acting director for Public Service Collections), Herb Becker (director, Information Technology Services), Larry Fitzgerald (ITS), and Barbara Tillett (chief, Cataloging Policy and Support Office, and head of the ILS Project Team). To ensure that planning for the ILS is enterprise-wide, Barbara Tillett also serves as liaison to the Congressional Research Service, Copyright Office, and Law Library.
Barbara Tillett leads the ILS Project Team, which will draw up a list of user requirements and the RFP. The team will build on the work done at LC over the past several years to identify requirements for automated acquisitions and serials control systems, binding and circulation systems, and most recently for automated inventory control and shelflisting. The Shelflist Task Group, also chaired by Barbara Tillett, worked throughout 1995 to identify requirements for the automation of shelflisting at LC. As members of the task group came to recognize that an integrated library system was the only truly efficient way to perform inventory control, automated shelflisting, and other aspects of bibliographic control, the Library invited ILS vendors to demonstrate their systems at LC during December 1995-March 1996. At a strategic automation planning meeting on January 17, 1996, LC top management endorsed obtaining an ILS as one of seven automation priorities for the Library to pursue over the next five years.
Other members of the project team include assistant project team leader Beth Dulabahn, Linda Miller, and Wendy Riedel (Automation Planning and Liaison Office); Stephanie Hall (American Folklife Center); Dave Reser (Special Materials Cataloging Division); Bill Gaymon and Joyce Owens (Information Technology Services); Quinn Robinson (AFSCME Local 2477). Sally McCallum (chief, Network Development and MARC Standards Office (NDMSO)), serves as liaison to the project team, with backup from Larry Dixson of NDMSO. AFSCME Local 2910 will also be represented. Working essentially fulltime, the project team expects to complete an RFP by October 1, 1996, following extensive consultation with all functional units within the library.
The Program for Cooperative Cataloging Home Page (http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/) has been updated to add new documents and revise several others. Some of the documents added or changed include
The PCC Web site also includes links to the CONSER Home Page, the roster of NACO liaisons, the minutes from the LC-Cooperative Cataloging Discussion Group meeting at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, and a reminder list of PCC related meetings for the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in New York City.
The CONSER (Cooperative Online Serials) Program is pleased to announce its World Wide Web site:
The program's online newsletter, CONSERline, is now also available on the Web:
With the creation of these home pages, CONSERline issues for 1996 are available in HTML format.
On the CONSER Program home page are also general information about the program, the current Annual Report, and documents on serials cataloging issues. Updated guidelines for cataloging remote access serials (e.g., electronic journals) are available as well as new CONSER record requirements, including CONSER core record standards. The page also includes links to catalogs, online serials collections, Internet cataloging services, and email addresses for asking questions or identifying problems. Additional information and links are planned.
The Program for Cooperative Cataloging Core Bibliographic Record for Audiovisual Material Task Group (PCC CBR-AV Task Group) is soliciting comments on the final drafts of the proposed standards for core-level records for Moving Images (MI) and Graphic Materials (GR). The full drafts of the AV core-level record standards are now available on the PCC Home Page at http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/pccavcore.html
Please send comments to Eric Childress, chair, PCC CBR-AV Task Group, through e-mail at [email protected] or via fax at 910-538-6547.
The existing core-level standards for monographs, JACKPHY monographs, scores, sound recordings, and serials are also available through the PCC Home Page.
The Program for Cooperative Cataloging Executive Council will hold a meeting on May 13th at the Library of Congress. This is the meeting that would normally be held at ALA in New York. The council will discuss its strategic plan, BIBCO training, recruitment and role of Operational Advisors, PCC and CONSER, funding for PCC and other topics. The group plans to hold one additional meeting this year, also at the Library of Congress on November 13th.
CONSER and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging will hold a joint meeting on the morning of May 14th at the Library of Congress to discuss and compare both of these programs. The group will focus on how CONSER and the PCC will evolve over the next five years, particularly the BIBCO component of the PCC. Given the characteristics of each program and the differences between monographs and serials, the group will consider how BIBCO and its users would benefit from a closer relationship with CONSER. The group will also identify how CONSER and its users would benefit from a closer relationship with BIBCO.
As a follow-up to the article in LC Cataloging Newsline, v. 4, no. 4, "Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Record Identification Agreement," this is to confirm that LC will continue to identify full-level cataloging records as it has in the past.
However, for core-level cataloging in addition to encoding level 4, LC will also add a 042 field containing "pcc."
The PCC Executive Council has agreed to these procedures for identifying LC core- and full-level records.
In conjunction with the development of the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) for law and the adoption of LCC by law libraries around the country, Jolande Goldberg, law classification specialist, spent the month of March as a Robbins Fellow at the Boalt Hall Law Library of the University of California, Berkeley where reclassification of the collection is underway. Her review of the Boalt Hall holdings during her visit marked the beginning of the development of the schedules for theocratic legal systems. With the aid of a staff specialist in United Nations documents, she was also able to continue her work on the arrangement of those materials, which are classed in JZ. While at Berkeley she conducted training sessions for technical services staff of the law library in German law (KK-KKC), European law (KJ-KKZ), and an overview of class K. She also presented a session for reference staff of the law and main libraries on reference applications of the law schedules that included a demonstration of Classification Plus by Cheryl Cook of LC's Cataloging Distribution Service.
Dr. Goldberg also visited the law libraries at Stanford University and the University of Washington, both of which plan to reclassify their collections. In discussions with staff at the University of Washington, which has extensive Chinese and Japanese holdings, she was able to identify potential problem areas in the classification of legal materials in those languages and to consider possible adjustments in the LCC law schedules.
The fourth International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) Conference will take place at the Library of Congress from July 15-19, 1996. The conference, entitled "Knowledge Organization and Change," will be cosponsored by the Library of Congress. Sarah Thomas will serve as conference chair. The registration fee is US $250 (members) or US $300 (non-members) per participant. The registration form should be mailed or faxed by May 2, 1996; registration after this date increases to US $300 (members) or US $350 (non-members). The fee covers printed conference proceedings and attendance at all paper, plenary and panel sessions, excursions, coffee breaks, receptions, and banquet. The registration form should be completed and sent with payment to ISKO REGISTRATION, Office of the Director for Public Service Collections, LM 642 - Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540-4600. Checks should be made payable in US dollars to the Library of Congress ALA/Library Services Gift Fund. For further information please contact Theodore Morgan at 202-707-5325 or 202-707-6269 (fax) or Jolande Goldberg, local arrangements chair, at 202-707-4386 or 202-707-6629 (fax).
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