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					       LC Update to the
Authority Control Interest Group
     2011 ALA Annual Conference
              Janis L. Young
      Policy and Standards Division
           Library of Congress
              jayo@loc.gov
                RDA Decision
• U.S. national libraries will implement RDA no
  earlier than January 2013,
  – Contingent upon satisfactory progress/completion
    of the tasks and actions identified in the report of
    the US RDA Test Coordinating Committee
• LC’s RDA testers will resume cataloging using
  RDA in November, 2011



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          LC Policy Statements
• PSD and the PCC will resume work on LCPSs
  – Will reflect decisions informed by the RDA Test
• LCPSs are available freely
  – LC’s web site
    http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/RDAtest/rda_lcps.html
  – RDA Toolkit
  – (Also available through Cataloger’s Desktop
    subscription)


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        Bibliographic Framework
           Transition Initiative
• Charge to the committee
  – To analyze the present and future environment for
    bibliographic data
  – To identify the components of the bibliographic
    framework to support library users
  – To plan for the evolution from the present
    framework to the future



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         Bibliographic Framework
            Transition Initiative
• A collaborative effort
  – Partners and customers in the metadata
    community
  – Standards experts inside and outside libraries
  – Designers and builders of systems that make use
    of library metadata




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        Bibliographic Framework
           Transition Initiative
• Input mechanisms
  – Meetings at ALA conferences and specialized
    library association conferences
  – Town hall meetings open to the metadata
    community
  – Invitational meetings of experts and stakeholders
    in 2012 and 2013



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         Bibliographic Framework
            Transition Initiative
• Web site: www.loc.gov/marc/transition
  – Central place for plans, news, and progress of the
    MARC Transition Initiative
  – Action plan draft will be available about
    September 2011
• Electronic discussion group, BIBFRAME




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         Romanization Tables
• New romanization tables for Vai and Judeo-
  Arabic are posted at
  http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/roman.html
• Revisions to the table for Thai are being
  reviewed by the Committee on Research
  Materials on Southeast Asia (CORMOSEA) and
  CCS Committee on Cataloging: Asian and
  African Materials (CC:AAM)

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          Romanization Tables
• PSD is converting older romanization tables to
  Microsoft Word
• The first seven will be available on PSD’s web
  site soon
• The new format will
  – Produce much more legible romanization tables
    for online consultation
  – Facilitate future revisions

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                       VIAF
• There are now 18 participants in VIAF, with
  another four in the testing stage
• VIAF includes authority data for
  – Personal names
  – Corporate bodies
  – Jurisdictions
• OCLC is now VIAF’s administrator and will
  ensure its long-term free availability

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   Library of Congress Authorities
• Labeled display of http://authorities.loc.gov
  has been updated
  – Specifies type of heading
  – Shows new MARC data elements defined for RDA
• Entire MARC record still available in the MARC
  display



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Library of Congress Authorities




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Library of Congress Authorities




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Library of Congress Authorities




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          PSD Staffing Change
• Paul Weiss retired in February 2011, after 37
  years of service to LC
• Currently three subject specialists in PSD
  – Libby Dechman
  – Gerry Ostrove
  – Janis Young




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        Subject and Classification
             Tentative Lists
• As of June 20, 2011, lists are monthly
  – Increase efficiency and streamline workflows
  – Turnaround on proposals is now 8-12 weeks
  – Same average number of proposals will be
    approved each month
     • Some weekly MDS Subject Authorities files may not
       contain records




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    New Subject Proposal System
• Will be implemented no earlier than July 18,
  2011
  – For LCSH, LCGFT and Children’s Subject Heading
    proposals
• LC catalogers and SACO participants will use
  the same input mechanism
  – Web-based
  – Similar to the Classification Proposal System
  – Same passwords will be used for both systems

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    New Subject Proposal System
• Will allow for increased efficiency in PSD, e.g.,
  – Automatically checks for “backdoor” headings
  – Templates default to the correct geographic
    subdivision notation (008/06) where possible
  – Eliminates “record juggling” in Voyager
  – Requires less manual editing of Tentative Lists




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New Subject Proposal System




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New Subject Proposal System




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                         Tibet
• Name and subject headings for Tibet have been
  revised to conform to AACR2 and LCSH policies
  – Tibet: Jurisdiction of Tibet prior to September 1, 1965
  – Tibet Autonomous Region (China): Current jurisdiction of
    Tibet
  – Tibet Region: Geographic region that extends from China
    into India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Burma
  – Tibet, Plateau of: Plateau that extends from China into
    Nepal and India



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               Netherlands Antilles
• Netherlands Antilles was dissolved into its
  constituent parts in October 2010
   –   Bonaire
   –   Curaçao
   –   Saba
   –   Sint Eustatius
   –   Sint Maarten
• LCSH revisions will appear on Tentative List 22, dated
  July 18, 2011
• Revisions to jurisdictional name headings was
  completed in December 2010

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       MARC Coding for LCGFT
• Over 700 existing authority records were
  cancelled and reissued
  – New LCCN prefix: gf
  – Deprecated LCCN retained in 010$z




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        MARC Coding for LCGFT
• Coding in authority records
    008/11: z
    040$f: lcgft
• Coding in bibliographic records
    655 #7 $a [term]. $2 lcgft
     Example:
     655 #7 $a Concordats. $2 lcgft


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       Law Genre/Form Project
• LC implemented law genre/form terms on
  June 15, 2011
  – Chiefly applied to English-language works
  – Terms assigned in copy cataloging records will be
    retained and/or revised, according to standard
    policy




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      Music Genre/Form Project
• LC continues to partner with the Music Library
  Association
  – Developing syntactic relationships among the
    agreed-upon terms
  – Investigating the coding of medium of
    performance in the MARC record
     • MARBI Discussion Paper 2011-DP05




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    Religion Genre/Form Project
• LC continues to partner with the American
  Theological Library Association
  – ATLA plans to forward its thesaurus to PSD later
    this year




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Questions?


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