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Volume 10, no. 8    ISSN 1066-8829   August 2002


Hirons Receives the Margaret Mann Citation
Goldberg Receives Andrews Bibliographic Award
Basa Receives Kluge Staff Fellowship
LC Hiring Catalogers
Bibliographic Control of Web Resources Action Plan
AACR2 2002 Revision

Hirons Receives The Margaret Mann Citation

The 2002 Margaret Mann Citation was presented to Jean L. Hirons, CONSER coordinator, during the Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA) in Atlanta. Dan Kinney of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) presented the award June 17 at the ALCTS President's Program and a reception was held that evening at Emory University.

Hirons attributes much of the success of her activities and those of CONSER, the serials cataloging component of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) to the support provided her by the Library of Congress. The support received from LC's management provides a foundation for PCC's leadership role in facilitating cooperative efforts.

The Margaret Mann Citation Committee presented the award to Hirons for her "extraordinary contributions to serials cataloging." According to the citation, Hirons has influenced both the theory and practice of serials cataloging in a changing environment. The award recognizes her work in laying the foundation for revising the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules(AACR) to accommodate current trends in serials and in developing the Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program, a new concept in training serials catalogers.

In 1997, Hirons and the late Crystal Graham of the University of California, San Diego, wrote "Issues Related to Seriality," a paper which analyzed the characteristics of emerging forms of Web-based resources. Hirons was then commissioned by the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR (JSC) to develop rule revision proposals.

Hirons enlisted the help of colleagues from throughout the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada to explore and propose broad changes to the cataloging rules. As a result, the existing AACR2 Chapter 12: "Serials" has introduced the concept of "continuing resources" by providing rules for the cataloging of Web sites, databases, and looseleaf publications. The new rules will be issued in August and implemented on Dec. 1.

From 1997 to 1999, Hirons worked with colleagues nationwide to develop the concept for the training of serials catalogers built on the collaborative model of CONSER. The program was inaugurated in 1998 in honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of CONSER, and the first course was produced in 1999.

Under the Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program model, expert catalogers develop course materials and serve as trainers. OCLC network affiliates, library associations, and individual institutions sponsor workshops. LC's Cataloging Distribution Service distributes course materials. Three courses have been released, and two more will be released in 2002-2003. Course materials have been translated into Spanish, French, and Chinese, and courses have been given to hundreds of trainees throughout the United States and Canada. Courses are scheduled for Taiwan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and China.

The Mann award consists of a citation and a $2,000 scholarship, which is donated by OCLC, Inc., to be designated by the recipient to the library school of his/her choice. Hirons has designated the University of Rhode Island School of Library and Information Science, which named her alumna of the year in 2002. Hirons was also the recipient of the Bowker/Ulrichs Serials Librarianship Award in 1996 in recognition of her contributions to documentation and training.

Goldberg Receives Andrews Bibliographic Award

Jolande E. Goldberg, law classification specialist in the Cataloging Policy and Support Office, was awarded the 2002 Joseph Andrews Bibliographic Award for an outstanding publication by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) for Library of Congress Classification. KBR, KBU: History of Canon Law. Law of the Roman Catholic Church, the Holy See, the most recent volume of Library of Congress Classification Class K: Law. The award was presented July 22 at a luncheon during the annual AALL conference, held this year in Orlando, Fla.

Although the award recognizes a specific publication, Goldberg's work on the law schedules, which has taken place over the past thirty years, was described to AALL's awards committee as "the great legal bibliographic achievement of the 20th century." During that time she has collaborated with the Law Classification Advisory Committee of AALL and with scholars and librarians throughout the world in the fields of law, political science, and theology.

When Goldberg, a lawyer as well as a librarian, began her law classification work at the Library of Congress, only the common law schedules (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland) had already been written. Now nearly complete, the schedules in class K cover the field of law comprehensively, including legal theory, civil and theological law, and law of nations.

Basa Receives Kluge Staff Fellowship

Eniko Basa, senior serials cataloger in the National Serials Data Program, has received the 2002 Kluge staff fellowship. The Kluge staff fellowship is an annual grant that provides an employee of the Library of Congress the chance to conduct independent research using the Library's resources and collections. It offers the opportunity for a highly qualified staff member to participate in a period of research and residency in the John W. Kluge Center with a distinguished group of the world's foremost senior research scholars and the most promising national and international post-doctoral fellows. During the year of the fellowship, Basa will be exploring how Hungarian literature has been transformed in recent times toward a greater emphasis on both the inner self and the larger world, a trend that has made Hungarian literature both more cosmopolitan and universal. Basa will also examine how such trends have influenced other national literatures of the region. Basa has written numerous articles and edited a book on the topic (Hungarian Literature. New York, Published for the Council on National Literatures by Griffon House Publications, c1993) and holds a Ph. D. in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

LC Hiring Catalogers

The Cataloging Directorate and the Serial Record Division (Acquisitions Directorate) of the Library of Congress are currently seeking catalogers for all languages, formats, and subject areas. You do not need to be a current Library of Congress employee to apply for any of these positions.

The Serial Record Division plans to hire four catalogers. The Cataloging Directorate expects to hire more than 25 monograph catalogers. The serial cataloger position and several monograph cataloger positions have already been posted on the USAJOBS Web site, the United States government's official source of information for Federal jobs, and more are expected soon. The deadline to apply for the serial cataloger positions is Sept. 3. The deadline to apply for the law monograph cataloger position is August 16. Application deadlines for other monograph cataloger positions vary.

To read the vacancy announcements and submit your application online, please keep checking the USAJOBS site at URL
[August 2002] for vacancy announcements throughout the summer and September.

Bibliographic Control of Web Resouces Action Plan

The Cataloging Directorate has published an updated version of "Bibliographic Control of Web Resources: A Library of Congress Action Plan" available online at URL> [August 2002]. This version includes the detailed work plan for ten of the action items included in the plan. Each work plan includes such information as the name and contact information for the lead person and institutional affiliation, the names and/or institutional affiliation of others participating in the work item, definition of activity to be pursued, the task components and deliverables, as well as the timeline for completion of the action item. As developments occur, these work plans will be revised to include status information. The ten work plans cover the following action items:

1.3: "Compile/review/disseminate selection criteria for electronic resources to supplement traditional selection criteria (e.g., authorship, content, provenance, accuracy, relevance to institutional mission, and subject matter) used by libraries, archives and museums. Supplemental criteria include: design, use, timeliness, permanence, quality of links to other sites, value- added utility beyond print version, originating domain, downloading capability, uniqueness, reverse links, etc."

1.4: "Design mechanisms to harvest, archive, and provide access to selected government publications through partnerships with government agencies and/or academic institutions."

2.2: "Promote the international sharing and collaborative use of 'authority' information (authority records for names of persons, corporate bodies, works/expressions/manifestations/items, subjects, etc also called controlled vocabularies) starting with personal name authority records, launching a prototype of a virtual international authority file."

2.3: "Explore ways to enrich metadata records by focusing on providing additional subject and other access mechanisms (e.g., front-end user thesauri) and increasing granularity of access and display (e.g., by enabling progression through hierarchy and versions and by additional description information including summaries)."

3.3: "Provide a table indicating explicit linking techniques that currently are provided in AACR2, LCRIs, and in MARC, to use when linking a bibliographic, holdings, or authority record with a digital resource; linking between records for related resources; and linking records for manifestations of the same work/expression."

3.5: "Prepare guidelines for deciding when to create separate bibliographic records and when to create a single record for manifestations."

4.1: "(1) Develop specifications for the creation and maintenance of records for titles contained in aggregator packages that will enable vendors to produce high-quality bibliographic data and accurate information about the volumes/dates of coverage of individual titles. In addition to the creation of original records, vendors must be able to provide customers with high- quality updated bibliographic records when bibliographic data and/or scope of coverage change significantly. Communicate the specifications to the vendor community and encourage their adoption; (2) Communicate to the library community (especially public services and acquisitions librarians) about the importance of securing appropriate bibliographic control and maintenance as a component of subscribing to an aggregator package."

5.1: "Improve and enhance curricula in library and information science schools by (1) identifying and preparing students with core competencies for library technical services (e.g., analytic skills, partnering, and interpersonal skills); (2) devising and conducting training to produce flexible and resourceful cataloging professionals with an appropriate mind set and values and advanced problem-solving, operations, management and information technology skills; and (3) promoting the understanding and use of metadata standards (such as the Dublin Core) for describing and managing electronic and digital resources, with the goal of enabling greater participation of new LIS professionals in the development and refinement of metadata standards used both within and outside libraries."

5.3: "Address continuing education needs for library technical services practitioners by (1) identifying and enhancing core competencies (e.g. analytical skills, collaborative and interpersonal skills) among library catalogers; (2) devising and conducting training to enhance practitioners' mind set and values, problem-solving, operations, management and information technology skills; and (3) promoting the understanding, use, and refinement of metadata standards (such as Dublin Core) for describing and managing electronic and digital resources, with the goal of enabling greater participation in the development and refinement of metadata standards used both within and outside libraries."

6.3: "Support research and development to improve controlled vocabulary mediating tools, including a simplified LCSH: development of the Faceted Application Terminology (FAST)."

AACR2 2002 Revision

Although the Library of Congress Rule Interpretations (LCRI), update no. 2, 2002, incorporating the changes to be published in the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2002 revision, have been distributed, the 2002 Revision and these LCRI will not be implemented by the Library of Congress or the Program for Cooperative Cataloging until Dec. 1, 2002.

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