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Automated Bibliographic Control Committee Minutes
June 16, 2002
Present: Janice Pilch (Illinois), Mariya Barash (Wayne State),Diana
Brooking (Washington), Mischa Buczkowski (Oregon), Jackie Byrd (Indiana),
Joanna Dyla (Stanford), Inna Gudanets (Stanford), Carl Horne (Indiana),
Jared Ingersoll (Columbia), Soobum Kim (Stanford), Sandra Levy (Chicago),
Leena Siegelbaum (Harvard), Kay Sinnema (Duke), Marek Sroka (Illinois),
Susan Summer (Columbia), Lydia Wasylenko (Syracuse), Cathy Zeljak (George
Minutes: The minutes of the January 2002 meeting were approved.
Status of Request to LC Cataloging Policy and Support Office for
Clarification on Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian Languages for
Janice Pilch distributed copies of the reply from the Library of Congress
to her letter requesting clarification and guidance for non-LC Slavic
language catalogers who need to distinguish between the Bosnian, Croatian
and Serbian languages. The reply, dated May 29, 2002, offered guidance
for decision making, but left much of the decision to cataloger judgment.
The request for new codes to reflect ambiguity and Roman & Cyrillic
alphabet variations for all 3 languages was denied. Only Serbian has the
variation for both alphabets, and, therefore, only Serbian requires a 546
Comments on the reply included:
It was decided that ABC would get comments from a broader community and
respond to LC.
- The new LC guidelines cite works written when Serbo-Croatian was
considered a single language
- The lack of firm answers will result in inconsistencies
- Maybe native speakers can be used to distinguish between the 3
- Should comments be sought from slavlibs?
- Should the letter be published in SEEIR and/or the SEES
- The guidelines offer practical advice for day-to-day use
- A cataloger could use the "und" code for the language in the fixed
field, if the language can't be identified
- Bosnian poetry is classed with the Serbian poetry. Should it have
its own class number, if it is now considered a different language?
Cyrillic Alphabet Abbreviations Enhancement: Janice Pilch led a
discussion on progress on the list of Cyrillic alphabet language
abbreviations. ABC had been working on devising a list that it would
request to be added to the list in Appendix B of AACR2. Inna Gudanets had
taken the list approved at the January 2002 ABC meeting and added
corresponding terms in the other Cyrillic languages, and this revised list
was distributed and discussed.
Janice reported that the trend is now to move away from abbreviations,
since library catalogs offer keyword searching. The original intent for
the abbreviations was to save space on a catalog card, and this is no
longer an issue for most libraries. Janice also reported that it is very
expensive for AACR2 to be revised and that our proposal would not likely
succeed. ABC questioned whether it should continue with the project, and
the committee decided to abandon the project.
Report from Diana Brooking on User Study on Slavic and East
European Abbreviations: Diana reported on her findings from a survey
given to faculty members and students at the University of Washington.
Users were asked to supply the full form of an set of abbreviated terms
and to supply an abbreviated form for words given in the full form.
Although both faculty and students did fairly well in going from the
abbreviation to the full word, both groups struggled in going from full
word to the abbreviation. The survey findings were not finalized, but
Diana felt that the results thus far called into question the wisdom of
using abbreviations from a user's point of view.
The combination of Diana's findings and the reservations expressed in the
discussion about the list of proposed abbreviations resulted in the
decision that ABC will abandon the project of proposing additional AACR2
Slavic Cataloging Workshop: Janice reported on the upcoming
Slavic cataloging workshop to be held at the Slavic Librarians' Workshop
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 26-28, 2002. The
topics and presenters are:
- LC Subject headings/geographic headings (Inna Gudanets)
- Authority records for Slavic (Carl Horne)
- Diacritics (Janice Pilch)
- MacroExpress (Victor Gorodinsky)
- CORC (Rebecca Routh)
- Metadata (Jackie Byrd)
It was decided that handouts would be made available to those who are
unable to attend and that a summary would be sent to slavlibs with email
links to presenters.
Resolution of Issue Concerning Liaison to CC:DA: Janice reported
that SEES cannot have its own formal liaison to CC:DA, but it could
appoint an informal liaison who would attend CC:DA meetings and report
back to the ABC. Some issues identified were:
It was decided that 3 options will be evaluated:
- This would be a big time commitment for the informal liaison
- The report would be made 6 months after the CC:DA meeting took
- Informal liaisons would not get the official documents in advance
of the CC:DA meetings
- Diana Brooking volunteered to be the informal liaison for the next
year, since her library has a member of CC:DA who would share the
documents and other information about CC:DA
- The International Relations Roundtable has a formal liaison to
CC:DA. Could this person report back to the ABC?
- Could the ACRL report back to the ABC?
These three options will be discussed.
- Janice will find out who the ACRL representative is and evaluate
this person as an option for reporting back to the ABC.
- Diana will investigate having an ABC member (herself, at first)
serve as an informal liaison to CC:DA
- Joanna Dyla will look into having the formal liaison from the
International Relations Roundtable report back to the ABC
Princeton's Slavic Cataloging Manual: Janice reported that
copyright is not a problem for SEES taking over the Princeton Slavic
Cataloging Manual. Donald Thornbury, Head of the Cataloging Division at
Princeton, is willing to give up the manual to SEES. All SEES would need
is for Jim Weinheimer to grant copyright permissions to SEES. Issues that
Jackie Byrd offered to take on the project, since Indiana could supply
server space and there are other staff who could help her. She will let
Janice know in a couple of weeks if she will remain in Slavic cataloging.
- Is there a server that could be used for this?
- We would need to distinguish between national and local practices
- We need to involve Jim in the discussion
- We need a Slavic cataloger with time, knowledge of HTML, and an
Submitted by Jackie Byrd
Last updated 12/05/02