TECHNICAL SERVICES COUNCIL
                                  December 7, 2005
                              Executive Conference Room

Present:     V. Bross, S. Layne, L. Lewis, K. May, K. Pecarovich, M. Randall, J. Riemer,
             C. Shelton, G. Wadeborn

Guest:       Caroline Miller

Recorder:    C. Levy

Shelton announced that Karen May is the new TPAC chair and will be attending TSC.
Germaine Wadeborn will continue on TPAC as she is leading some systemwide projects.

1. Programs for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Policy Committee meetings and vision
statements (Caroline Miller)

Shelton and Miller attended the PCC Policy Committee meetings at the Library of
Congress in Washington, D.C. on November 3-4, 2005. Miller presented the PCC
Standing Committee on Training report. The PCC Policy Committee discussed strategic
planning. TSC discussed three vision statements presented by Carlen Ruschoff of the
University of Maryland; Andrew MacEwan, The British Library; and Beecher Wiggins,
Library of Congress. There were common themes in all the vision statements. Catalogers
cannot limit themselves to cataloging in the traditional ways. They can set standards for
metadata and authority control and share their expertise. It is important to continue
training and be more proactive. The job of cataloger is going to change as many retire and
library schools will not provide enough students to take their places. Paraprofessionals will
do the work and catalogers will do the managing. Catalogers will become more involved in
working with metadata providers to develop tools to harvest, certify, and bring metadata
under authority control.

Goals for PCC in the next five years include leadership, redefining common enterprises,
expanding and broadening membership, pursuing goals at the international level, and
leading education and professional development.

Authority control is what catalogers do best. This is recognized by vendors but not by
publishers so we need to educate them. Catalogers certify bibliographic records by
applying standards. There was considerable discussion about the impact of Functional
Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR).

2. Report on OCLC future planning and relationship to Bibliographic Standards Task
Force (John Riemer)

Riemer reported on the ARL Fellows visit to Dublin, Ohio from November 15-17, 2005.
OCLC has no plans to expand its Bibliographic Notification Service beyond CIP upgrades,
Table of Contents additions and URL revisions to include any change anywhere in the bib
record. OCLC senses that in the future searching of WorldCat should be free because it’s
that important. We may see a shift from paid search to paid listing.

OCLC wiki is available to registered users and so far they have 1000. Some contributions
are made daily. It’s possible to contribute in three ways—reviews, table of contents and
notes. Evaluation criteria are anticipated to be the following--are value adds used, how
many people took the opportunity to enter data, and what is the quality of the contributions.

OCLC’s move to Oracle enables them to dump proprietary local data records in favor of
the real MARC holdings format. The OCLC “E-serials Holding Pilot” involves working with
ExLibris libraries to copy e-holdings from SFX to WorldCat; OCLC data can then reflect a
library’s ability to copy or loan e-material.

The Resource Sharing unit of OCLC suggested the idea of direct home delivery, which fits
the user better. You just have to send them a return envelope. There is a reduction in
costs and no greater loss rate than library-to-library ILL. Texas A&M performs wireless
scanning of up to 50 pages from the stacks so no need to bring the item downstairs for
scanning. Students perform this service.

New OCLC Collection Analysis tool is in great demand—120 of the 230 subscribers are
academic. The tool depends heavily on the presence of any of three classification
systems—LC, NLM, DDC. Other uses of the Collection Analysis tool: looking at how your
ILL borrowing titles would be classified can show deficits in your collection; tracking which
titles or portions of your print collection circulate most heavily can help you know which
publishers to push to make e-versions available; and seeing how you compare with other

3. Research Libraries Group Membership: What are the technical services issues and
interests regarding becoming a member?

We are considering joining RLG. The Director will be visiting UCLA and meeting with
Cabinet soon. The benefits are membership in the organization, access to new products
and white papers, digital preservation, networking, online information and discovery, state
of the art loan program, invitations and discounts on RLG products. The main benefit is
being able to access RLIN.

4. Casalini Core Records issues

We will purchase core level records on approval plan. Disallows sharing of records on
utilities. We will support as a pilot for one year. Receive records and will start as soon as
possible. This is mostly art and architecture materials. Can get core records where they
exist and enhanced records when core not available. Acquisitions staff need to discuss.

The next meeting is January 4, 2006 from 10am-noon in the Executive Conference Room.
These minutes are also posted on the Library’s web page

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