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Automated Bibliographic Control Committee Minutes
Jan. 13, 2001
Present: Inna Gudanets (Stanford), Tatiana G. Barr (Florida), Jackie
Byrd (Indiana), Barbara Conaty (LC), John DeSantis (Dartmouth), Beth
Feinberg (UCLA), Diana Greene (NYU), Jared Ingersoll (Columbia), Tim
Larson (Indiana), Sandra Levy (Chicago), Bob Morgan (LC), Nina Palmin
(LC), Janice Pilch (Illinois), Marek Sroka (Illinois), George Toth
(LC), Lydia Wasylenko (Syracuse), Keith Westover (BYU)
The minutes of the July 2000 meeting were approved with the following
revision: "LC Slavic Division" changed to "LC Slavic Cataloging
The beginning of the meeting included discussions on a number of
The meeting ended with an extensive tour of the cataloging area at LC
and a look at the Jefferson Building and the reading room. During the
tour, a number of additional issues were discussed, including:
- Some problems with the decision to code Serbian, Croatian, and
Bosnian as different languages were discussed.
- The staff members from LC reported that cataloging staff at LC was
being downsized, but the amount of work to be done has not lessened.
It was reported that LC has approximately 25-30 Slavic catalogers,
although they also have other assignments.
- The need to revise the Cyrillic abbreviation list in AACR2 was
identified. It was suggested that ABC work on a list of words to be
added to the list. An email will be posted to slavlibs asking for
words to be included. It was suggested that the list be sent to =
Barbara Tillett, chief CSPO, or Thompson Yee, CSPO.
- LC receipts for Russian and Polish are increasing. There are good
publications coming in from the Czech Republic, Hungary. Receipts are
down from Slovenia and Slovakia.
- LC reported on the effects of their Endeavor system. There are
slow response time periods during the day, and training staff was a
challenge. There are problems resulting from the inability to do
keyword searches on authority records. The acquisitions module was
difficult to implement, and the acquisitions record was scaled back to
just a few fields.
- LC has a separate database of vendor-supplied bibliographic
- The cataloging of Internet resources at LC may be decentralized.
Currently a small team does all of this cataloging, and others may
Submitted by Jackie Byrd
- The effect of the implementation of Endeavor on cataloging
productivity and quotas
- The workflow, i.e. how materials arrive in cataloging and are
disseminated to catalogers
- The working conditions at LC
- The benefits and compensation for LC catalogers
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