Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 33, no. 1, 2001


Sandy Roe, News Editor

Welcome to the news column.  Its purpose is to disseminate information on any aspect of cataloging and classification that may be of interest to the cataloging community.  This column is not just intended for news items, but serves to document discussions of interest as well as news concerning you, your research efforts, and your organization.  Please send any pertinent materials, notes, minutes, or reports to: Sandy Roe; Memorial Library; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Mankato, MN 56001-8419 (email:; phone: 507-389-2155).  News columns will typically be available at the CCQ website ( linked from their corresponding volume and issue numbers prior to their appearance in print.


We would appreciate receiving items having to do with:


Research and Opinion

* Abstracts or reports of on-going or unpublished research

* Bibliographies of materials available on specific subjects

* Analysis or description of new technologies

* Call for papers

* Comments or opinions on the art of cataloging



* Notes, minutes, or summaries of meetings, etc. of interest to catalogers

* Publication announcements

* Description of grants

* Description of projects



* Announcements of changes in personnel

* Announcements of honors, offices, etc.




Bibliographic Control of Web Resources: A Library of Congress Action Plan


As a result of the Library of Congress Bicentennial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium: Confronting the Challenge of Networked Resources and the Web held on Nov. 15-17, 2000, the Library of Congress Cataloging Directorate has issued "Bibliographic Control of Web Resources: A Library of Congress Action Plan."  The primary goals of the conference were 1) to develop an overall strategy to address the challenges of improved access to Web resources through library catalogs and applications of metadata; and 2) to identify attainable actions for achieving this strategy.  The deliberation of 135 conference participants resulted in eleven sets of recommendations. The Conference Organizing Team and the Catalog Management Team considered these recommendations, the original conference goals, and LC21: A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress (the National Academy of Sciences report commissioned by the Library of Congress) in order to craft the action plan.


The plan contains six broad objectives along with action items, potential collaborators, and assigned priorities. The objectives are to: 1) increase the availability of standard records for selected electronic resources; 2) enhance the access to and display of records for selected Web resources across multiple systems; 3) work collaboratively with metadata standards communities to improve bibliographic control of selected Web resources; 4) develop automated tools for harvesting and maintaining metadata to improve bibliographic control of selected Web resources; 5) provide appropriate training and continuing education to improve bibliographic control of selected Web resources; and 6) support research and development on emerging metadata standards and address the challenges of interoperability to improve bibliographic control of selected Web resources.   The complete action plan is available at URL


Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules: Amendments 2001


The 2001 Amendments to AACR published jointly by Canadian Library Association, Library Association Publishing, and American Library Association are now available.  Copies can be obtained from the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, and the Library Association.  These amendments are also included in Cataloger's Desktop beginning with 2001 Issue 3.


The Amendments 2001 were approved in 2000 by the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (JSC) and include three major rule revisions.  These are: (1) Conference publications can be entered under the heading for the conference if the name of the conference appears anywhere in the item being cataloged (21.1B2(d)). (2) British terms of honor ("Sir," "Dame," "Lord," "Lady") will no longer be included in headings (22.1C, 22.12) but will be retained in statements of responsibility (1.1F7) and can be used to resolve conflicts in headings (22.19B). (3) Chapter 9 has been renamed "Electronic Resources." The GMD "electronic resource" replaces "computer file" and conventional terminology (e.g., "1 CD-ROM") can now be used in the extent statement. The entire chapter has been reissued although a number of the rules within the chapter do not contain any changes.


Cataloging Electronic Resources using the revised Chapter 9 of AACR2: Help is on the Way!  

A major component of Amendments 2001 (announced above) is a completely revised version of Chapter 9 for Electronic Resources (formerly titled Computer Files).  Online Audio-visual Catalogers, Inc. (OLAC) has developed a PowerPoint slide show that will introduce catalogers to the changes affecting the cataloging of electronic resources.  This presentation is available on the OLAC Web site at  For further information, please contact John Attig (



Meredith Horan

Chair, Cataloging Policy Committee

Online Audio-visual Catalogers, Inc. (OLAC)


Library of Congress, National Library of Canada, and the British Library Agree on Format Convergence


Following the harmonization of the USMARC and CAN/MARC formats into a single format called MARC 21 in 1999, the Library of Congress and the National Library of Canada have been pleased to welcome the recent decision by the British Library to adopt MARC 21.  The decision was made following an extensive consultation exercise carried out by the British Library with the UK library community. 


At the May 2001 meeting of the MARC Harmonization Coordinating Committee, the Library of Congress, the National Library of Canada, and the British Library agreed to work together in the ongoing development and maintenance of the MARC 21 format.  Technical staff from the three institutions will proceed with resolving any outstanding format issues.  The three national libraries on the coordinating committee are committed to ensuring not only the ongoing development and maintenance of MARC 21, but also its interoperability with emerging standards in metadata and exchange formats.


Sally H. McCallum, Chief,

Network Development and MARC Standards Office

Library of Congress



The AMIA Compendium of Moving Image Cataloging Practice is now available from the Society of American Archivists


The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and Society of American Archivists (SAA) present this unique resource to fill a current void in archival literature. Because of the range and diversity of institutions that catalog moving image materials, there exists neither a concrete field-wide standard nor a primary cataloging reference tool for their archivists.  By presenting a snapshot in time of the cataloging practices of 27 diverse institutions, the AMIA Compendium of Moving Image Cataloging Practice (ISBN 0931828236) offers a choice of various solutions to cataloging problems unique to moving images. The range of institutions examined includes historical societies, university archives, broadcast organizations, museums, and subject-specialized collections. The collections include motion pictures as well as television, film and video, and utilize both MARC and non-MARC cataloging. Ultimately, the Compendium addresses important moving image cataloging issues and seeks to fulfill its purpose as that much-needed primary cataloging reference tool.


The Compendium's Introduction and Appendix A (fact sheets for participating institutions) are also available on the AMIA website (  Appendix E (guidelines and examples) supplements the printed volume and is available online only. 


Jane D. Johnson, Chair

AMIA Cataloging and Documentation Committee

Association of Moving Image Archivists




Dr. Filiberto Felipe Martínez Arellano, Director of the Library Center for Library Science Research  

Dr. Filiberto Felipe Martínez Arellano has been designated Director of the Library Center for Library Science Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.  Dr. Martínez is currently a Cataloging & Classification Quarterly (CCQ) Editorial Board member and recipient of the best of CCQ award for vol. 28 for his article, "Subject Searching in Online Catalogs Including English and Spanish Material."  Congratulations, Dr. Martínez.


In Memoriam


Derek Austin (b.1921) died May 22, 2001. His work influenced the principles and practice of indexing and thesaurus construction.  His career included membership in the [UK] Classification Research Group, and the creation of the PRECIS system.  Austin received many awards including the first Ranganathan Award (1976) from FID/CR and the Documentation Research and Training Centre (Bangalore), and the Margaret Mann Citation (1978) from the American Library Association. In "Derek Austin: Developing PRECIS, Preserved Context Index System" (v.25 no.2-3, pp 23-66), also published in Portraits in Cataloging and Classification: Theorists, Educators, and Practitioners of the Late Twentieth Century, he describes his career, the contentment he found in retirement, and concludes with reasons he believed that librarians will become more rather than less necessary in the future.


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