Copy Cataloging Interest Group Meeting

January 8, 10:30am-12:00pm

San Diego Convention Center, Room 30C





I. Reports from the Library of Congress:  


- Angela Kinney, Chief of the African, Latin American & Western European Division, will deliver her semi-annual report on the status of copy cataloging at the Library of Congress. Her report will include statistics on the number of copy cataloging records produced by staff of the Acquisitions & Bibliographic Access Directorate and the Collections & Services Directorate in 2010. Also discussed will be methods the Library of Congress has employed in 2010 to ensure that copyright receipts, which will impact copy cataloging statistics in fiscal year 2011, are more readily available to users.


- Update on the U.S. RDA Test and its Implications for Copy Cataloging


Beacher Wiggins, Director for Acquisitions & Bibliographic Access


The U.S. RDA test concludes on December 31, 2010.  The test has embodied the three U.S. national libraries—Library of Congress (LC), National Agricultural Library (NAL), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM)—and 24 other libraries and cultural institutions of varying types and sizes coming together to use Resource Description & Access (RDA) to catalog a body of materials of all types that their institutions normally process.  The resulting RDA created records will be analyzed to help LC, NAL, and NLM determine if they will implement RDA to replace the current descriptive cataloging code—Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules.  Over 6,000 RDA records will have been created during the test.  How will these records and the ongoing creation of records by institutions that choose to continue to apply RDA affect copy cataloging?


II. Managing the Myth of Shelf-Ready:  Creating a Tiered Workflow for Bibliographic Records:  


Presenters: Anne C. Elguidin, Director of Information Delivery Services, American University Library and Alayne Numdt Sandler, Metadata Librarian, American University Library

Libraries are under increasing pressure to streamline the technical services workflow, outsourcing functions whenever possible.  One of the major routes of outsourcing is that of shelf-ready cataloging, or partnering with a vendor or OCLC to provide records for books purchased by the library.  Automating the selection of records relieves the need for technical services personnel to search for and load a record for each book coming in to the library, but no human interaction with the record can lead to a proliferation of unresolved errors within the catalog and books that are effectively 'lost' from the time they enter the library due to title or call number issues.  

American University has developed a tiered workflow that keeps the human element in the process but reserves trained Cataloging Specialists for records that have potential problems.  

III. We Can Do It! : 25 minutes


Presenter: Nancy Chaffin Hunter, Metadata Librarian/Associate Professor, Colorado State University


Colorado State University Libraries has been creating metadata for digital collections for over a decade. This presentation will share how we structure our metadata, train copy catalogers, archival students, and other staff on creating that metadata, and repurpose existing metadata from finding aids and MARC records. 



Chair: Margaret Mering, Principal Catalog and Metadata Librarian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries


Vice-chair: Angela Kinney, Chief, African, Latin American & Western European Division, Library of Congress