LC Cataloging Newsline

Online Newsletter of the Cataloging Directorate, Library of Congress

Volume 5, No. 07, ISSN 1066-8829, June 1997

Beacher Wiggins Appointed Director for Cataloging
PCC Participants Group Meeting
Cataloging Policy and Support Office Home Page
LC to Implement Core-Level Bibliographic Record

Beacher Wiggins Appointed Director for Cataloging

Beacher J.E. Wiggins has been appointed as Director for Cataloging, effective June 8, 1997. Wiggins has served as acting director for cataloging since January 8, 1995.

Wiggins first joined the Library of Congress in 1972 as a cataloger in the Descriptive Cataloging Division. He was a section head there from January 1980 through September 1986 and assistant to the Associate Librarian for Collections Services from September 1986 to October 1991, when he was appointed chief of the Shared Cataloging Division. He became chief of the Arts and Sciences Cataloging Division (ASCD) in June 1992. He served concurrently as chief of ASCD and acting director.

Wiggins received a B.A. degree in English from Howard University in 1970 and an M.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin--Madison School of Library and Information Studies in 1972. The University of Wisconsin--Madison School of Library and Information Studies Alumni Association named him its Alumnus of the Year in 1994. Active in the American Library Association for more than fifteen years, he was a faculty member for the Library of Congress/ALA Resources and Technical Services Division Regional Authorities Institutes and for the Library of Congress Institutes on AACR2. Wiggins served as a mentor for the Library's Intern Class in 1991-1992. Wiggins co-edited The Linked Systems Project: A Networking Tool for Libraries, in the OCLC Library, Information, and Computer Science Series, and has published numerous articles about automation and bibliographic control. He is currently chair of the Standards Committee on Title Page Information for Conference Proceedings of the National Information Standards Organization.


Publishers Workshop. June 26, 8:30-4:35 pm, Moscone Convention Center 112. LC presenters: Victoria Boucher, John Celli, Albert Kohlmeier, Cassandra Latney, Sherry McCoy, Mary Regina Thomas.

ALCTS Cataloging & Classification Section Preconference. "Demystifying Subject Cataloging of Electronic Resources," June 26, 12:00-5:30 pm; June 27, 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Pan Pacific-Olympic Ballroom B-C. LC speakers: Lynn El-Hoshy, David Reser.

ALCTS Technical Services Directors of Large Research Libraries. June 27, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Grand Hyatt-Plaza Ballroom West. LC representatives: Winston Tabb, Beacher Wiggins.

CCS SAC Subcommittee on Access to Computer Files. June 27, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, San Francisco Hilton-Union Square 22. LC representative: Norma Hendrickson.

CCS SAC Subcommittee on Authority File Recommendations. June 27, 2:00-4:00 pm, Parc Fifty-Five-Sienna. LC liaison: Tom Yee.

OCLC Forest Press Update ("Dewey Breakfast"). June 28, 7:00-8:30 am, Parc Fifty-Five Sienna. LC representatives: Julianne Beall, Winton Matthews, Gregory New.

ALCTS/CCS Forum on Natural History Cataloging Issues Task Force. June 28, 8:00-9:00 am, San Francisco Marriott-Pacific Suite F. LC representative: John Mitchell.

ALCTS Chief Collection Development Officers of Large Research Libraries Discussion Group. June 28, 8:30-11:30 am, Moscone Convention Center 135. LC speaker: William Z. Schenck.

ALCTS Computer Files Discussion Group. June 28, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Parc Fifty-Five-Rubens; June 29, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, San Francisco Hilton-Union Square 22. LC report: Norma Hendrickson.

ALCTS/CCS Committee on Education, Recruitment, and Training of Catalogers. "Embracing the Technological Future: Technical Services, Professionals, and the Emerging Environment--Friend or Foe, Opportunity or Threat?" June 28, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, San Francisco Marriott-Yerba Buena 8. LC speaker: John Byrum.

CCS SAC Subcommittee to Revise Fiction Guidelines. June 28, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, San Francisco Marriott-Pacific Suite F. June 30, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, San Francisco Marriott-Sierra Suite K. LC representative: Jerry Wager.

LITA New Automation Product Review. Dewey for Windows demo. June 28, 10:15-10:30 am, Moscone Convention Center 134-Rm. 2. Demo by Julianne Beall.

ALCTS/CCS Subject Analysis Committee and Cataloging of Children's Materials Committee. "Everything You Wanted to Know About Form/Genre Access, But Were Afraid to Ask." June 28, 2:00-4:00 pm, Hotel Nikko-Nikko Ballroom II. LC panelist: Tom Yee.

LC Bicentennial Program. "Promoting Libraries Through the Library of Congress Bicentennial." June 28, 2:00-4:00 pm, San Francisco Marriott-Golden Gate A1. Co-chairs: Winston Tabb, John Cole.

ALCTS/CCS Policy & Research Committee. June 28, 2:00-4:00 pm, Hyatt Regency-Concourse I. June 30, 2:00-4:00 pm, San Francisco Marriott- Pacific Suite F. LC representative: Beacher Wiggins.

ALCTS Serials Section Research & Policy Committee. June 28, 2:00-4:00 pm, Hotel Nikko-Grey Pearl II. LC representative: Regina Reynolds.

ALCTS/CCS program "Dewey Discovered: The New Abridged Edition." June 29, 8:30-11:00 am, ANA-Metropolitan III Rm. LC speakers: Julianne Beall, Gregory New.

CONSER At Large Meeting. June 29, 8:00-9:30 am, San Francisco Hilton-Union Square 17-18. LC representative: Jean Hirons.

ALCTS Serials Section, CCS, et al. "At Issue: Dimensions of Seriality in an Electronic World." June 29, 9:00-11:00 am, San Francisco Hilton-Imperial Ballroom B. LC speaker: Regina Reynolds.

ALCTS Catalog Form and Function Committee, RUSA Management and Operation of Public Services Section, Catalog Use Committee, LITA Online Catalog Interest Group. "The Latest Fashion in Catalogs, But Does It Fit?" June 29, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Sheraton Palace-Ralston. Moderator: Barbara Tillett.

ALCTS Catalog Form and Function Committee, RUSA Management and Operation of Public Services Section, Catalog Use Committee, LITA Technical Standards for Library Automation Committee. "From Catalog to Gateway: URLs, Metadata, and the Dublin Core." June 29, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Sheraton Palace-Gold Ballroom. LC speaker: Rebecca Guenther.

CCS Subject Analysis Committee. June 29, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, San Francisco Marriott-Golden Gate C2; June 30, 2:00-4:00 pm, San Francisco Marriott-Pacific Suite C. LC liaison: Lynn El-Hoshy.

ALCTS Serials Section Committee to Study Serials Cataloging. June 29, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Grand Hyatt-Merced B; June 30, 2:00-4:00 pm, Moscone Convention Center 206. LC representative: Regina Reynolds.

LITA/ALCTS Authority Control in the Online Environment Interest Group. "How Do You Spell Brasil? The Globalization of Authority Control." June 29, 2:00-4:30 pm, Moscone Convention Center 301. LC presenter: Barbara Tillett. Also from LC: Julianne Beall, "IFLA's Draft 'Principles Underlying Subject Heading Languages' and the Possibilities for International Cooperation."

CCS Copy Cataloging Discussion Group. June 29, 2:00-4:00 pm, Moscone Convention Center 120. LC representative: Beacher Wiggins.

CIP Advisory Group. June 29, 2:00-4:00 pm, Parc Fifty-Five-Rubens. Chair: John Celli.

ALCTS/CCS Cataloging of Children's Materials Committee. June 29, 2:00-5:00 pm, San Francisco Marriott-Golden Gate C2. LC liaison: Jane Gilchrist.

PCC Participants Discussion Group. June 29, 7:00-9:00 pm, Grand Hyatt-Plaza Ballroom E. LC presenters: John Byrum, Ann Della Porta. LC panelist: Beacher Wiggins. See article below for details. Overseas Operations Cooperative Acquisitions Program Meeting. June 29, 7:00-9:00 pm, San Francisco Marriott-Pacific Suite I. Chair: Judy McDermott. LC presenter: Frederic Protopappas.

Heads of Cataloging Discussion Group/Program for Cooperative Cataloging Standing Committee on Automation. "What Hath Automation Wrought?, or, How Is NACO Like Morse Code?" June 30, 10:00 am-12:30 pm, Parc Fifty-Five-Ballroom 2. LC panelist: David Williamson, speaking on "How to Do More with Less, and Do It Faster: Authority Records at LC."

The Library's exhibit booth number is 3016.

PCC Participants Group Meeting

On Sunday, June 29, 1997, the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) will hold its semiannual participants' meeting in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the American Library Association in San Francisco. The meeting will be held in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Plaza Ballroom E and will convene at 7:00 p.m. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of NACO, the Name Authority Cooperative program of the PCC. PCC participants are invited to attend the meeting celebrating this milestone in cooperative cataloging. This celebration is sponsored by Blackwell/North America. Brian Schottlaender (UCLA), chair of the PCC Executive Council, will brief participants on the status of the PCC/CONSER consolidation and moderate a panel discussion on the core-level record standard. Librarians participating in the PCC as well as those interested in cooperative cataloging activities are welcome to attend the session that will reflect on the accomplishments and plans for the future.

Cataloging Policy and Support Office Home Page

The Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO) now offers access to cataloging policy information through the World Wide Web. The address of the new CPSO home page is URL:

The site may also be accessed through links from the Library of Congress Cataloging Directorate home page located at URL:

The CPSO home page currently offers a varied selection of cataloging policy papers and reports, cataloging tools and documentation, information and announcements about the Library of Congress Classification, and information about CPSO itself. CPSO welcomes comments from the library community as to layout of the site and the usefulness of the material currently posted, as well as ideas and suggestions for additional types of material that might enhance its value to users. Information about how to contact CPSO is available on the home page.

LC to Implement Core-level Bibliographic Record

On May 28, the Cataloging Management Team (CMT) voted to adopt the core-level bibliographic record in the Cataloging Directorate and Serial Record Division. The CMT based its decision primarily on the results of the core-level cataloging experiment conducted in the directorate from April to October 1996 (see LCCN, v. 5, no. 2, February 1997). The results of the experiment showed that productivity was higher for core-level cataloging than for full-level original cataloging in a variety of formats, languages, subjects, and scripts. The CMT also considered the results of experiments with core-level cataloging at Cornell University and UCLA as well as LC's core-level cataloging project for serial publications (see LCCN, v. 4, no. 15, November 1996). Over the next several months the directorate and Serial Record Division will develop implementation plans and revise documentation as needed to implement the core-level bibliographic record.

The core-level bibliographic record was defined by the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and CONSER to establish a national standard that is less complete than full-level cataloging but substantially more complete than minimal-level cataloging. All core-level bibliographic records include a classification number and one or two subject access points where appropriate; all name, series, and subject access points are supported by appropriate authority work. Core-level bibliographic records created at LC will also include notes for bibliographic references as needed and decimal classification numbers for all works in scope for such treatment.


LC Cataloging Newsline had reported in its May 1997 issue that East Asian librarians had voted overwhelmingly in favor of conversion from the Wade-Giles system of romanization for Chinese to pinyin and in favor of the Library of Congress proposal on pinyin word division, in response to a survey put forth by the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL). We wish to clarify that the survey was intended by CEAL to solicit opinions and comments from East Asian libraries and librarians in formulating its response to the word division proposal, and did not constitute a vote on those issues.

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