Library of Congress to Issue Policy Statements for RDA While Continuing LCRI’s for AACR2

29Apr2010 at 10:48 am (Cataloguing) (, , , )

An interesting announcement from the Library of Congress a couple of days back. As part of the test phase, and likely going forward, LC will be issuing Library of Congress Policy Statements (LCPS) to offer “guidance on LC policy in the use of the new cataloging code”. These policy statements will be similar to the former Library of Congress Rule Interpretations (LCRI) that LC provided for AACR2 but will be “more focused, covering fewer topics and leaving more to cataloger’s judgment”.

The LCPSs are also being made available for the information of other testers and interested parties. Official launch of this new publication will coincide with the release of RDA by the American Library Association (ALA) scheduled for June 2010. The intention is to place links within the online RDA Toolkit from the RDA instruction to the specific LCPS that applies and from one LCPS to another as appropriate. Following the official launch, a period of instruction and testing will begin.

LCPSs also will be widely available beyond the RDA Toolkit. LCPSs will be fully integrated into Cataloger’s Desktop. Free PDF versions will be available via links on the PSD website to the Cataloging Distribution Service’s (CDS) free PDF download site. If there is sufficient demand, CDS will review appropriate print options.

The interesting part, at least for me, is the statement found at the end of the announcement indicating that the LCRI’s will continue “for institutions that continue to catalog following the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition (AACR2).”

Which means that at least LC expects part of the cataloguing community to continue creating bibliographic records using AACR2 after RDA is released. Perhaps this is a given but I haven’t seen it formally stated anywhere until now.

LC is also making their other documents created during the test period freely available.

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2010 Report of the Chair of the KF Modified Committee

26Apr2010 at 12:42 pm (General) ()

Here’s my report submitted today to the CALL Executive.

April 2010

The KF Modified classification schedule continues to be updated on a quarterly basis with 87 new pages issued last year. Due to some time constraints the 2nd and 3rd quarter updates were issued simultaneously this year. This delay facilitated the completion of the revised KF Modified form tables (completed and issued in the 3rd quarter). In addition a new optional expansion for KF385.ZB5 which enhances the classification area on Quebec civil law was issued in the 4th quarter update.

The subscriber base has remained stable this year. There were 9 subscribers not renewing in 2009 however it is worth noting that some subscribers do not maintain a current subscription and prefer to purchase new subscriptions in alternating years. There were 2 new subscriptions in 2009 which leaves the total number at 65 subscribers reported by CALL headquarters for the past year.

The promotion of KF Modified remains on the forefront of the Committee’s agenda.

  • The KF Modified Blog was launched in December 2009 and serves as a placed to disseminate and gather information about KF Modified and legal classification.
  • “KF Modified and the Classification of Canadian Common Law”, an article written by the Chair was published in v. 34, no. 5 of the Canadian Law Library Review.
  • The Committee is considering a name change that will broaden the scope of KF Modified for use in any common law library. This will be discussed at the next Committee meeting in Windsor.

Committee member Darren Furey will begin work on updating the Guide to the KF Classification Modified for Use in Canadian Law Libraries (CALL Occasional Paper, no. 3) prepared originally by Janet Moss in 2004.

The Chair continues to explore the possibility of providing KF Modified in an electronic format. There are a number of options under consideration with the preferred solution being the creation of a database driven version in XML. A brief proposal for institutional support was submitted to the CALL President in November 2009.

As noted above the enhancement for Quebec civil law was completed and issued in the 4th quarter updates. Thanks for the commitment and hard work of Humayan Rashid (University of Toronto) and Alain Rochefort (Justice Canada) for developing this enhancement. Libraries can now choose to keep their civil law collections together in KF Modified (see also <>).

Two additional enhancements have been completed and are under review: Nationality & Citizenship; Immigration. The next areas scheduled for updating and improvement are: Indians. Native Peoples. Aboriginals. Inuit and Labour Law. Future areas under consideration include: Taxation; Environmental Law; Access to Information/Privacy; and Internet law. The Committee hopes to continue to make progress on all of these initiatives in the coming year.

Respectfully submitted by
F. Tim Knight

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CALL Conference is Almost Here

26Apr2010 at 12:06 pm (General) ()

Well it’s been busy few months for your friendly neighborhood Committee Chair. And it won’t be long now before we gather for the CALL/ACBD annual conference!

The KF Modified Committee will be meeting on Sunday, May 9th from 1:00-3:00 in the Solis room.

I’m thinking about the agenda and thought I’d share with you a few of the things I thought we’d take a look at:

  • Launch of the KF Modified blog
  • Optional expansion for KF385.ZB5
  • Other enhancements in the works for KF Modified in the coming year
  • Revision of the Guide to the KF Classification Modified for Use in Canadian Law Libraries (CALL Occasional Paper, No. 3, 2004)
  • KF Modified online?

If you have other ideas or thoughts for the meeting please post a comment here or send me a quick email.

Hope to see you in Windsor!

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Delay Mailing the 4th Quarter Update …

26Apr2010 at 11:47 am (Updates)

The 4th quarter updates were sent to CALL headquarters on 25th of January but for some reason they still haven’t been sent to subscribers yet.  A call to CALL reveals that they should be delivered to you soon.

This update includes the optional expansion for Quebec civil law for call number KF385.ZB5 which is sizable and may be why the process has lagged behind so long.

Really got to get an electronic version of this schedule going …

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Copy Cataloguing and Library Collections

1Apr2010 at 11:21 am (Cataloguing) (, , )

I’m catching up on some reading and finally getting to the March issue of TSLL. TSLL is always full of great information and this month’s Classification column by Kate Wilko and Mary Whited provides a great discussion on sorting out classification discrepancies and includes some great tips which I’d recommend to all readers.

What particularly struck me though is this statement among their concluding remarks:

In each of our libraries, we must weigh the advantages of copy cataloging (following other libraries’ decisions on classification) and the advantages of tailoring the collection arrangement to the needs of our users. We must each solve that in our own fashion. In smaller libraries, it is easier to reverse decisions and create more “user friendly” arrangements. In the big libraries, we just try to keep our heads above water, the new books flowing out, and are unable to do catalog maintenance and rearrange the collection.

This is an important thing to keep in mind when developing a library collection. There are huge demands on cataloguers in larger libraries to keep pace with the amount of work coming in and as a result large portions of the cataloguing work will pass through essentially unchallenged. Especially true if the library depends on shelf-ready acquisitions and sends books directly out to library users without the benefit of any cataloguer decisions based on the library’s own collection.

Wilko and Whited mention above that it’s easier for smaller libraries to “create more ‘user friendly’ arrangements”. I think this is true on one level, but resources are thin in smaller libraries too and they will naturally rely on larger libraries to make some of these decisions for them. I worry:  if we are all struggling to keep our collective “heads above water” the possibility for errors permeating the bibliographic environment is compounded.

So the questions in my mind are:  can we continue to build library ‘collections’ or are we in danger of becoming, or have we already become, just a warehouse for books? What about something like the Open Library idea? Can a collective effort like that effectively organize resources for the specialized user group, for example, the legal community? How can we provide information that is relevant to the users of our own libraries if we’re not in touch with our own collections?

I certainly don’t know how to solve this dilemma, but I’m pretty sure it’s important that cataloguers have the opportunity to at least identify the potential relationships in their library collections.  After all relationships are an important aspect of FRBR which will start to play a significant role in our new world of RDA cataloguing.

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