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Volume 8, no. 4, ISSN 1066-8829, June 2000


Morita Becomes Chief of SSCD
New Team Leader and Assistant Team Leaders
Wiggins Elected to ALA Council
AACR2, 1998 Revision
Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium
Recent Developments in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging
053 Request Form on Web

Morita Becomes Chief of SSCD

Ichiko Morita became chief of the Social Sciences Cataloging Division (SSCD) on April 2, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Regene Ross in December 1999. Morita first came to the Library in 1994 as head of the former Japan Documentation Center, which was abolished at the end of March. Previously she served for more than seven years as head of the Cataloging Dept. at Ohio State University, where she supervised more than fifty staff in seven sections -- search, copy, monograph, serial, special collections cataloging, catalog maintenance, and authority control. She earned a bachelor's degree from Okayama University, Japan, and a master's in library science from the University of Chicago. As chief of SSCD, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of eight teams: Business and Economics; Central and Eastern European Languages; Education, Sports, and Recreation; Germanic and Scandinavian Languages; Law; Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology; Religion, Philosophy, and Psychology; and Romance Languages.

New Team Leader and Assistant Team Leaders

Joseph Bartl was appointed leader of the Music and Sound Recordings I Team (MSR I), Special Materials Cataloging Division (SMCD), effective April 2. Bartl joined the Library in 1987 after library work experience at Boston University and Catholic University. He began as a cataloging editor in the former National Union Catalog Section II and then was a minimal-level cataloger in the Spanish-Italian Section of the former Shared Cataloging Division before accepting a cataloger position in SMCD in 1992. He has also taught a variety of courses at LC, most recently as an ILS trainer. He earned an M.A. degree in English from the State University of New York at Brockport and an M.L.S. degree from Simmons College.

Dennielle Hosang, formerly Technology I Team leader in the Arts and Sciences Cataloging Division (ASCD), will be permanently reassigned as leader of the Art and Architecture I Team, ASCD, effective July 2. Elizabeth Robinson, now at the Huntington Museum of Art, will become leader of the Rare Book Team, SMCD, on July 31.

The Cataloging Directorate has also gained three new assistant team leaders in recent months. The position of assistant team leader is a supervisory position at the GS-12 level, established for teams in which the size of the team, the size of its workload, or the complexity of its mission and assignments requires an additional supervisor. As well as assisting the team leader with day-to-day supervision, an assistant team leader is expected to perform some cataloger or technician duties. Currently the assistant team leaders in the directorate are Sook Hee Kim Weidman in the Korean/Chinese Team, Regional and Cooperative Cataloging Division (RCCD); Milada Gessman in the Music and Sound Recordings Team III, SMCD; and Helen Pritchett, acting assistant team leader of the Southeast/South Asian Languages Team, RCCD. The Library has also issued a vacancy announcement, limited to staff of the Cataloging Directorate, for an assistant team leader in the Rare Book Team, SMCD.

Wiggins Elected to ALA Council

Beacher J. Wiggins, director for cataloging, has been elected to the American Library Association (ALA) Council as a councilor-at- large. His three-year term will begin in July, at the conclusion of the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The elections were held by postal ballot in March and results were announced on May 5.

Wiggins has served as director for cataloging since January 1995; his appointment became permanent in June 1997. He first joined the Library of Congress in 1972 as a cataloger in the former Descriptive Cataloging Division. He earned an M.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin--Madison School of Library and Information Studies, which in 1994 named him its Alumnus of the Year. 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 the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed. He has published numerous articles in the areas of automation and bibliographic control.

Council is the governing body of ALA. It determines all policies of the association and delegates to the ALA divisions authority to plan and carry out programs and activities. Council consists of 100 councilors-at-large who are elected by the ALA membership; one councilor elected from each ALA division and state chapter; and six councilors elected from the round tables. Council elects eight of its members to the ALA Executive Board, the association's managing body.

AACR2, 1998 Revision

On March 17, 2000, the Library of Congress implemented the 1998 revision of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed. The 1998 revision consolidates the 1988 AACR2 and Amendments 1993 to AACR2. It also includes a few rule revisions that the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR approved since 1992 but that had not yet been published. The Library of Congress Rule Interpretations related to the 1998 AACR2 were issued in "1999, Update Number 2-4." The 1998 revision is available in Cataloger's Desktop.

Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium

Further information is now available regarding the Library's invitational conference on "Bibliographic Control for The New Millennium: Confronting the Challenges of Networked Resources and the Web", which was announced in LCCN, v. 8, no. 3, March 2000.

The conference will be held Nov. 15-17, 2000, at the Library of Congress and is intended to provide a premier forum for experts in the cataloging and metadata communities to discuss unresolved issues involving the bibliographic challenges of providing description and access to networked resources on the Web. The purpose of the conference is open discussion of the issues, with primary attention to proposed solutions and development of action items for the Library of Congress to pursue in its cataloging leadership role.

Following introductory remarks by Winston Tabb, Beacher J. Wiggins, and John Byrum, Michael Gorman will deliver the keynote address, a retrospective survey titled "From Card Catalogs to WebPACs: Celebrating Cataloging in the 20th Century". Topics and panel discussions will then be presented in five main sessions that reflect the problem-solving approach of the conference:

  1. Sarah Thomas, Tom Delsey, and Priscilla Caplan will examine the library catalog in the context of the Web, with commentaries by Brian Schottlaender, Jennifer Trant, and Robin Wendler;
  2. Matthew Beacom, Lois Mai Chan, William Moen, and Barbara Tillett will assess current library and metadata standards for bibliographic control and Web access, with commentaries by Glenn Patton and Diane Vizine-Goetz;
  3. Ann Huthwaite, Sally McCallum, Carl Lagoze, Linda Arret, and Carolyn Larson will address actions and plans for the future direction of these standards and of other mechanisms designed to advance description and access to networked resources, including the descriptive resource needs of reference providers, with commentaries by Lynne Howarth and Paul J. Weiss;
  4. Jane Greenberg and Karen Calhoun will examine the results of particular metadata and workflow experiments and initiatives;
  5. Michael Kaplan with a panel comprising Lynn Connaway, Jeff Calcagno, and Amira Aaron, and, in a separate paper, Regina Reynolds will conclude the presentations by exploring potential partnerships among the library, metadata, and vendor communities that will foster the development of new or expanded Web-based projects. Thereafter the conference participants will be divided into break-out groups to identify recommendations to form an action plan and an overall strategy that will be discussed and approved by the conference in its concluding plenary session.

Invited participation in the conference is strictly limited by space considerations and by the nature of the event as a working meeting. For this reason, and to allow for broader participation, papers will be submitted in advance and, beginning in mid-July, they will be made available for consultation on the World Wide Web. In addition, an electronic discussion list will be established at that time to facilitate discussion of these papers before the conference is convened. Also to promote more comprehensive involvement by the community, the conference organizers are planning to videotape the proceedings and cyber-cast them shortly after presentations are made. Finally, following the conference, the presentations and commentaries will be compiled for publication in early 2001.

For further information regarding the program and speakers and for abstracts of their papers, please visit the conference home page at: URL

Recent Developments in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging

Series Institute

Seventeen catalogers attended the Series Institute for PCC libraries, May 17-19, 2000, at the Library of Congress. Judy Kuhagen, senior cataloging policy specialist, Cataloging Policy and Support Office, served as the instructor for the course sponsored by the LC Cooperative Cataloging Team. Participants from PCC libraries gained expertise and familiarized themselves with new developments in this area of descriptive cataloging.

Interest in the Series Institutes remains high among PCC members, as illustrated by their positive response to announcements for the course and by increased contributions of series authority records. In fiscal year 1999, contributions exceeded 10,000 records, well above 9,233 in fiscal year 1998. This level of contribution has reinforced the Cooperative Cataloging Team's commitment to sponsoring these ongoing institutes.


Participation in the Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO) of the PCC has continued to grow. The University of Massachusetts, Amherst recently received NACO training, and additional Ohio State University staff have been trained in order to increase the number of records the university will contribute. Applications for membership have been accepted and training dates established for the United States Geological Survey, St. Louis University's Pius XII Memorial Library, and Oregon State University, Corvallis. In addition, a new NACO funnel project has been organized by six Vermont libraries with Middlebury College as coordinator. Training for this project will be held in June 2000.


The Utah Library Association sponsored a one day pre-conference on subject analysis and subject authority work on May 17, 2000, in conjunction with its annual meeting. John N. Mitchell, senior cooperative cataloger, Library of Congress, guided participants through the process of completing the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) subject proposal form and submitting it through the Subject Authority Cooperative Program (SACO). During the conference itself Mitchell conducted a seminar on geographic as well as form/genre headings, including information about the use of the $v subfield code, the appropriate use of the 655 field from the MARC 21 format, and the creation of the new 18X subdivision authority records. He also demonstrated LC's ILS Web OPAC and Cataloger's Desktop and Classification Plus.


Cleveland Public Library and Northwestern University have joined the CONSER Program. The PCC home page (URL, along with the individual program component home pages, have been redesigned to facilitate an overview of each page's content and enhance readability.

053 Request Form on Web

In an announcement issued November 1999, LC reaffirmed its commitment to PCC participants to continue providing literary author numbers for inclusion in the 053 field of name authority records (NARs). The use of this field provides all users of the LC classification system with a fixed author number that lessens the need for future alteration.

A web request form for literary author numbers (053 field) is now available through the NACO home page or directly at URL The use of the form provides faster verification and notification of assigned numbers and assures that the number is reserved in the LC shelflist.

Independent NACO catalogers are encouraged to submit requests directly to the Cooperative Cataloging Team by using this form.

  1. "Browse" the LC online shelflist to determine where the new literary author number best fits into the LC shelflist. Instructions for browsing the online shelflist can be found at URL
  2. Access the form at the above address.
  3. Follow the instructions at the top of the form and then submit it.
A response will be returned within two business days. (It is expected that further evaluation of this process will allow NACO participants to input the number in the NAR and advise LC of the number without waiting for verification.) Do not send changes to existing literary author numbers with this form. Problematic or complex literary author number requests should be sent directly to Cornelia Goode, cooperative cataloging program specialist ([email protected]), for processing.

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