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Automated Bibliographic Control Committee Minutes
January 10, 2004
Present: Inna Gudanets (Stanford), Diana Brooking (Washington),
Buczkowski (Oregon), Jackie Byrd (Indiana), David Chroust (Texas A & M),
Steve Corrsin (Wayne State), Beth Feinberg (UCLA), Jared Ingersoll
(Columbia), Soobum Kim (Stanford), Tim Larson (Indiana), Sandra Levy
(Chicago), Tatiana Lorkovic (Yale), Miranda Remnek (Illinois), Terri
Miller (Michigan State), Dan Pennell (Pittsburgh), Janice Pilch
(Illinois), Adam Siegel (San Jose State), Andy Spencer (Wisconsin), Marek
Sroka (Illinois), Keith Westover (BYU), Cathy Zeljak (George Washington)
Status of Request to LC's CPSO for Clarification on Serbian,
Croatian, and Bosnian Languages for Cataloging: Chairperson Inna
Gudanets distributed copies of the last letter to go from ABC to the
Library of Congress, sent May 1, 2003, regarding the use of the Bosnian,
Croatian, and Serbian languages for cataloging purposes. She also
distributed the reply, dated Sept. 8, 2003, from Milicent Wewerka, Library
of Congress Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist. Inna asked the committee
and others in attendance for input into what ABC should do now. The
It was decided not to follow through on this issue, since it seems to be
decided, and catalogers are dealing with it. Permission from Ms. Wewerka
to publish her letter in the SEES newsletter will be sought, and all four
letters (2 from ABC and 2 from LC) will be available on the SEES website.
- Maybe ABC would have better luck if it worked via its PCC
catalogers, rather than through CPSO
- There are a lot of incorrectly coded records input into RLIN and OCLC
after the changes were made in the language codes
- It would have been better if new language codes were used, rather than
using the old scc and scr codes and assigning different meanings to
- It may be too late to have input into this decision, but it would be
good if our input had an effect in future changes
- The languages are assigned by political division, determined by the
place of publication
- Older books have Croatian literature published in Cyrillic. Are these
considered translations now?
- Will Montenegrin be a new language soon?
ABC's Home Page: Inna announced that Soobum Kim will be taking
over the ABC website (http://www.stanford.edu/~soobum/ABC ), and it will
be hosted on a Stanford server. Copies of the current website were
distributed for comments. Comments included:
- The website will be linked on the SEES site
- Should we add the charge?
- Who should serve as contacts for cataloging questions? The committee
- Should language expertise be noted for committee members?
- Should there only be one contact who would route questions?
Slavic Cataloging Manual: Jackie Byrd distributed printouts of
changes made to pages of the Slavic Cataloging Manual.
New Projects: Inna asked for input on future and ongoing projects
for the committee. Comments included:
- The changes to the page for "Geographic Subjects: Yugoslavia and
the former Yugoslav Republics" were approved, and Jackie was given the
OK to post the revisions. [Update: This has been done.]
- The changes to the page for "Biography Subject Headings: Former
Yugoslavia" were not seen as desirable, since the use of subjects in
this area are still somewhat in flux.
- Changes were suggested for the page for the "Russian Dash". Jackie
will revise the page and request input from ABC.
- Future changes to the website will be made public when approval
comes from the ABC chair.
- The committee will continue its work on the Slavic Cataloging
- Soobum gave some input for Joanna Dyla who wanted a discussion
about Slavic Cyrillic vernacular cataloging. The Queens Borough
Public Library has started doing this. Is anyone else? This led to a
discussion of the upcoming SEES program in Orlando in June, which is
on this very topic.
Submitted by Jackie Byrd
Last updated 5/17/04