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Volume 7, No. 1, ISSN 1066-8829, January 1999

Policy Committee, Program for Cooperative Cataloging
First Historically Black University Joins PCC
NACO and Mexico
The Entrepreneur's Guide to Small Business Information
MARBI Midwinter Papers

Policy Committee, Program for Cooperative Cataloging

On Nov. 12-13, 1998, the Policy Committee of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) met at the Library of Congress to review the past year's activities and set goals for the future. During the past year, the program achieved a number of successes in its effort to facilitate contribution of program records to utilities. OCLC's Cataloging MicroEnhancer (CatME) Version 1.10, to be released in early 1999, will allow users to receive original record credits for real-time uploads of bibliographic records from local systems. Additionally, Gary Strawn at Northwestern University has developed a macro to be used with OCLC Passport software that enables users to upload records in real time and receive the same credits.

RLIN has indicated a willingness to arrange nightly electronic pickup of batches of BIBCO records from any PCC library. RLIN is also developing two authority record generators, one for use while an RLIN session is running and the other for use with Z39.50.

The program's Standing Committee on Standards has produced models for use by libraries and scholars interested in studying the impact of PCC records on cataloging workflows and production. The models will be posted on the PCC Home Page (URL: for comment.

Education is one of the PCC's priorities. During the past year, the program sponsored several Cataloging Now! institutes to introduce catalogers, administrators, and public service librarians to the concept of the core record. The program will continue to sponsor institutes and is exploring possibilities for distance education, as well as to provide input to the American Library Association's education summit. The next Cataloging Now! Institute will be held Apr. 16, 1999, in Flushing, N.Y.

Among other activities, CONSER is investigating approaches to providing access to aggregator databases and exploring the issues involved in retaining information on abstracting and indexing services in serial records which have reached maximum size limits. CONSER will give a briefing on its new serials training initiative at the ALA Midwinter conference.

First Historically Black University Joins PCC

Beacher Wiggins, director for cataloging, and two staff members from the Cooperative Cataloging Team, Cornelia Goode and Gracie Gilliam, attended the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's (BCALA) third National Conference of African-American Librarians in Winston-Salem, N.C. in July 1997 to present a session about the PCC. The major purpose of the session was to target and solicit interest from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to join the PCC and to explain the benefits derived from membership.

Outreach endeavors to HBCUs have included PCC promotional articles that appeared several times in the BCALA newsletter and contacting HBCU directors of library services and heads of technical services departments. On Sept. 11, 1998, Bowie State University (BSU) became the first of the HBCUs to join the PCC. Beverly Edwards, coordinator of technical services, BSU, received five-day name authority training from Gracie Gilliam of the Coop Team. Howard University has subsequently joined the program and Mary Strouse, Law Library, and Dawud Ziyaf, Moorland-Springarn Research Center, will receive training.

These outreach efforts continue to be a focus of the PCC. As more HBCUs join the program their contributions will enrich the nation's databases and provide broader access to African-American materials.

NACO and Mexico

In February 1997 Ana Cristan traveled to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to attend the Transborder Library Forum where she met with several Mexican librarians and spoke to them about the PCC. Reynaldo Figueroa Servin, a librarian from El Colegio de Mexico, began a correspondence with Cristan on cooperative cataloging programs as a result of this meeting. El Colegio de Mexico is interested in building an authority file that would contain both name and subject headings reflecting its library's collection while planning to initiate a cooperative cataloging project in Mexico that would feature a collective effort of contributions from other Mexican libraries.

Figuero Servin found support for this project in a colleague, Ageo Garcia Barbabosa. Garcia Barbabosa had attended the University of Texas at Austin's Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences and while there participated in an internship program at the UT Library that featured its participation in NACO. Garcia Barbabosa was convinced that a cooperative program was the most cost-effective method of developing national level cataloging standards as the basis for an authority file. Together they approached Alvaro Quijano, director of libraries at El Colegio de Mexico, who agreed to support the endeavor and appointed Garcia Barbabosa project leader.

In September 1998 the Fideicomiso para la Cultura Mexico/USA awarded to El Colegio de Mexico a one-year grant of $25,000 to begin development of an authority file. The Fideicomiso is a joint effort of several Mexican cultural and financial organizations and the Rockefeller Foundation. During the week of Nov. 16-20 Garcia Barbabosa and Figueroa Servin came to LC for NACO training. Lynn El-Hoshy, senior cataloging policy specialist, Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO), gave an overview of the basic principles for the formulation of subject headings to enable El Colegio de Mexico to begin to participate in SACO. Mary Kay Pietris, also from CPSO, described the development of LCSH with a focus on subdivision practices. Everette Larson and other members of the Hispanic Division gave an introduction to the Library's collections and to the Handbook of Latin American Studies. Garcia Barbarosa and Figueroa Servin also met with Terry Peet and Julio Berrios of the Hispanic Acquisitions Section.

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Small Business Information

The second edition of The Entrepreneur's Guide to Small Business Information, compiled by the reference staff of Business Reference Services, Science, Technology, and Business Division, Library of Congress, under the aegis of the Library's Bibliographic Enrichment Advisory Team (BEAT), is now available in electronic format on the Internet at URL:

The guide may also be accessed as a link from the Business Reference Services home page at URL: under "Indexes, Bibliographies, and Guides."

Designed for small-business owners and business reference specialists, the guide is an annotated listing of 179 resources including "how to" books, reference titles, directories, serial titles, and databases indicative of the most recent work in the field. Where appropriate, citations to online editions of these works and other related materials on the Internet have also been included. While the selections for this guide were made in 1996, all URL's were rechecked in November 1998.

MARBI Midwinter Papers

The following papers to be discussed at the ALA Midwinter meetings of the MARC Advisory Committee may be of interest to LCCN subscribers:

The agenda is available at URL:

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