Volume 47, no. 1, 2009



 

Editorials
Editorial: New Leaves, Sandra K. Roe, Editor

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Response to Theresa A. Strottman's article, "Some of Our Fifty are Missing: Library of Congress Subject Headings for Southwestern Cultures and History"

Theresa A. Strottman Responds

Columns
Cataloging News, Mary Curran, News Editor

 

Original Articles

The Classification of Music Moving Image Materials: Historical Perspectives, Problems, and Practical Solutions
Daniel W. Kinney

ABSTRACT: For almost half a century, music librarians, media librarians, and professional associations have advocated classifying audiovisual materials using the same classification scheme that a library uses for print materials. Despite this strong advocacy, not all media materials have been classified. Music moving image materials have often received the same lack of subject classification access as sound recordings and other media resources. Libraries are now replacing their videocassette collections with DVDs and are presented with the opportunity to rectify this situation. A discussion of the advantages of including class numbers in the bibliographic records for music moving image materials will also demonstrate the applicability and advantages for video collections in general.

KEYWORDS: music moving image materials, music classification, DVDs, sound recordings, audiovisual cataloging, nonbook cataloging

 

End-User Understanding of Indexing Language Information
Athena Salaba

ABSTRACT: This study examines end-user interactions with indexing language information during subject searching in a library catalog and their understanding of this information and its function in term selection. Participants were asked to interact with the indexing language (Library of Congress Subject Headings) and were asked to express their general understanding of the information provided and each specific type of information included in the indexing language. In addition, participants were asked to express their understanding of the function of indexing language information in term selection, its usefulness and desirability as an integrated tool into the information retrieval system during subject searching. Study findings and their implications are discussed and future research is considered.

KEYWORDS: Controlled vocabularies, indexing language, controlled languages, end-user study, end-user understanding, information searchers, subject access, subject retrieval

 

The Impact of Social Cataloguing Sites on the Construction of Bibliographic Records in the Public Library Catalogue
Louise F. Spiteri

ABSTRACT: This paper examines and evaluates the social features and comprehensiveness of the catalogue records of 16 popular social cataloguing web sites to determine whether their social and cataloguing features could or should impact the design of library catalogue records. Selected monograph records were evaluated to determine the extent to which they contained the standard International Standard Bibliographic Description elements used in Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules-based cataloguing practice, with emphasis placed on the physical description of the records. The heuristics Communication, Identity, and Perception were used to evaluate the sites' social features. Although the bibliographic content of most of the catalogue records examined was poor when assessed by professional cataloguing practice, their social features can help make the library catalogue a lively community of interest where people can share their reading interests with one another.

KEYWORDS: Cataloging; Library catalogs; Social cataloging

 

Planning, Organizing, and Hosting a Workshop—It's All in the Details
Carrie Newsom, Jimmie Lundgren, and Nancy Mitchell Poehlmann

ABSTRACT: A library training workshop is an effective way to teach and expand staff skills and, in the process, create interest in new library-related procedures. Hosting a workshop presents an opportunity to cultivate shared knowledge internally, and inviting outside participation provides a forum for strengthening external relationships and exchanging ideas. This article offers a detailed look at organizing a workshop—from budgeting and selecting a trainer to registering participants and making local arrangements. Additionally, it offers practical guidance for successfully planning and organizing a training workshop that will be a rewarding experience for participants, trainer, and host.

KEYWORDS: Library workshops, Planning, NACO training

 


Editorial: New Leaves

With this issue, the first in volume 47, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly takes one more step away from the true quarterly that it once was. This volume is the first that will be published in eight issues, and with a new trim size of 7 x 10 inches. As opposed to our former practice of publishing two 4-issue volumes on an academic year cycle, subscribers for 2009 will receive their eight issues throughout the calendar year (one volume, one publication year). Readers may have already noticed the switch to consecutive pagination within a volume, and those who read the journal issue in paper may have remarked on the elimination of all front and back matter. For those of you who rely on persistent URLs built using DOIs (digital object identifiers), know that the ones registered by Haworth Press (10.1300/J104...) will continue to work; as will those, beginning with v. 46, no. 1, registered by Taylor & Francis (10.1080/...). An exciting behind-the-scenes change is that the Taylor & Francis online article tracking system has shortened the time from issue submission to publication by many months, and includes functionality that gives authors the opportunity to view page proofs of their articles prior to publication. Taylor & Francis' position on copyright and author rights differs slightly from that held by Haworth Press. You will find it clearly articulated at http://taylorandfrancis.co.uk/journals/authorrights.pdf. Finally, perhaps the most widely anticipated change - the migration of CCQ online from haworthpress.com to the Informaworld platform—is scheduled to occur on January 1, 2009.

I hope that you will agree that the accumulated changes that Taylor & Francis has introduced are positive ones. The scope of the journal—all aspects of bibliographic organization—remains unchanged. Each volume will continue to be a mix of general issues, like this one, and guest-edited thematic issues. As always, I continue to welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions for CCQ.

Sandra K. Roe

 

 

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Cataloging News

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: Mary Curran, Morisset Library, University of Ottawa, 65 University Ave, Ottawa, ON Canada K1N 9A5 (email: mgcurran(at)uottawa.ca; phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 3590). News columns will typically be available prior to publication in print from the CCQ website at http://catalogingandclassificationquarterly.com/.

We would appreciate receiving items having to do with:

Research and Opinion

Events

People

 

As the new news editor, I extend the editor's invitation in CCQ 46(3)1 for the collective library community to continue to use the Cataloging News column as a public forum to comment on the recommendations of On the Record, the report of the Library of Congress Working Group (LCWG) on the Future of Bibliographic Control.2 We are particularly interested in hearing about interesting projects or workflow changes that your library has been involved with that directly relate to LCWG recommendations 1, 3, or 4. A reminder that submissions should be 200 words or less and include the specific LCWG recommendation to which your work relates, a description and assessment of the work, and a contact name and email address for additional information. Five innovative submissions that serve as examples were published in CCQ 46(4) 2008 Cataloging News.

 

RESEARCH AND RESPONSES RELATED TO "ON THE RECORD: THE REPORT OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WORKING GROUP ON THE FUTURE OF BIBLIOGRPAHIC CONTROL"

 

NLM's decoupling of subject strings
4.3.2 Pursue De-Coupling of Subject Strings

When the National Library of Medicine (NLM) implemented the Voyager integrated library system (ILS) in late 1998, we foresaw the potential for federated searching across NLM's databases. There was also recognition that in the online environment, deconstructed subject headings provide more simplicity and semantic interoperability. Therefore the Cataloging Section decided it would be best to follow the policy of the NLM Index Section and deconstruct our subject heading strings. The traditional MARC21 650 subject field string consists of: $a Main heading $x topical subheading $x age group $z Geographic location $v Publication Type/Genre $x language. In the NLM Voyager ILS:

This approach allowed a patron to construct a single search that would ensure consistent retrieval whether searching NLM's catalogs or indexed databases. To minimize disruption for other libraries, NLM catalogers provided somewhat complex internal tagging and coding so that records distributed to licensees would still receive the traditional subject strings.

Over the next few years, NLM received no feedback, either internally or externally, that the deconstructed headings in our catalog caused any difficulties with search and retrieval. Many medical libraries also adopted the change in their own catalogs. However, the complexity of coding to facilitate the re-creation of traditional strings for subscribers was having a negative impact on both cataloging efficiency and quality. Therefore in May 2005, NLM proposed to discontinue distributing its bibliographic records with artificially reconstructed subject strings. Over 30 libraries responded, almost evenly divided on the issue.

In November 2005, NLM decided upon a compromise solution. Geographic terms (651 field) and publication types (655 field) in the NLM Voyager ILS continue to attach as $z and $v respectively to the 650 field(s) in record distribution. Language is extracted from the 041 $a and appended only to material with the Publication types of Dictionary, Encyclopedias, Phrases, or Terminology. 650 $x was no longer used for Age groups. Age groups were entered as primary subject headings (650 $a) as the NLM Index Section had always done. Use of the 659 field was discontinued. This greatly simplified the internal work that was needed to create the output strings, yet met the needs of the medical libraries that still needed the full subject string for display. There has been no negative reaction to the final decision. For a more complete discussion of this topic and examples of deconstructed and reconstructed subjects see the NLM Technical Bulletin, 346, Sept-Oct. 2005: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so05/so05_marc.html.

Diane Boehr, Head of Cataloging
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Bethesda, MD

 

Summary of NLM's project to use the Medical Text Indexer (MTI) in Cataloging

4.3.4 Recognize the Potential of Computational Indexing in the Practice of Subject Analysis
4.3.3 Encourage Application of, and Cross-Referencing with, Other Controlled Subject Vocabularies

The Medical Text Indexer (MTI) is part of the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Indexing Initiative, the objective of which is to investigate methods of automated indexing. The NLM Index Section has been using MTI to suggest appropriate Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for articles, based on title and abstract information. In 2006, the Cataloging Section approached the staff in the Lister Hill Center for Biomedical Communications responsible for the Medical Text Indexer (MTI) to investigate if it could also be utilized by catalogers to assist with subject analysis. When used for cataloging, the MTI extracts the title, summary/abstract (when available), and subject headings not assigned by NLM (including LCSH) from MARC records. Originally, tables of contents present in the MARC records were also included, but after an initial review of the recommended terms generated by MTI, it was determined that they created too many false hits. A decision was made to omit this field from analysis in order to increase the precision of the MTI system. Any summary and/or subjects available are combined into an "abstract" field. The title and "abstract" are then processed by the MTI and result in a list of recommended MeSH.

One major component of the MTI system for use in cataloging is the inclusion of an LCSH to MeSH mapping. The basis for this mapping is the LCSH to MeSH mapping file from the Northwestern University Libraries LCSH/MESH Mapping Project (http://www.library.northwestern.edu/public/lcshmesh/) started and maintained by Tony Olson and Gary Strawn. Because the Northwestern mapping is not a complete mapping of all LCSH to MeSH, additional mappings have been added based on early testing by catalogers (e.g., the LCSH "15th Century" maps to the MeSH "History, 15th Century"). A secondary mapping for LCSH subheadings to MeSH qualifiers was also created and is used if LCSH subheadings are present in the cataloging copy.

For the Cataloging Section, another major component of the MTI system is the use of related records based on titles in the NLM Catalog as well as Related Citations from PubMed. The related records/citations feature retrieves a pre-calculated set of NLM Catalog/PubMed citations that are closely related to the selected record, based on an algorithm developed by NLM programmers. The MTI first looks for related records from the NLM Catalog and if none can be found, reverts to looking for related citations in PubMed.

Pilot testing of the MTI by catalogers has been positive especially for newer catalogers who are not as familiar with the MeSH terminology. In addition to continuing to adjust the software as necessary, next steps include working with systems staff to determine whether the MTI system can be incorporated the NLM Voyager Cataloging module to enable more seamless interaction between the two systems. The goal is to have the MTI for use by cataloging in production by the end of 2008.

For more information about the NLM Indexing Initiative and the MTI see http://ii.nlm.nih.gov/ and http://ii.nlm.nih.gov/mti.shtml.

Barbara Bushman, Cataloging Unit IV Head
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Bethesda, MD

 

 

RESEARCH

As principal researcher, Marielle Veve from Hodges Library, University of Tennessee (015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996; mveve@utk.edu) posted a message on various cataloguing lists such as AUTOCAT inviting academic library catalogers working with nonMARC metadata to participate in an online multiple choice survey from August 17, 2008-Sept. 1, 2008. Veve is conducting research about "national trends in the integration of Non-MARC metadata work into the duties of traditional catalogers and the perceptions and attitudes catalogers hold towards non-MARC metadata."3

 

OCLC xISSN History Visualization Tool (Web Service)

As part of its WorldCat xISSN Web Service, by leveraging serials metadata from 30 years of library serials record contributions to the WorldCat database, OCLC has produced the new xISSN History Visualization Tool Web service (http://worldcat.org/xissn/titlehistory) which allows member libraries to "supply an ISSN to find out about any predecessor, successor, and alternate ISSNs and titles, and find the electronic ISSN for a print title or vice versa."4 A related Web service, allowing users to call up related works using an ISBN look-up is available at http://www.oclc.org/xisbn/default.htm.

 

WorldCat Search API (Web service)

Available exclusively to OCLC member libraries, this new Application Programming Interface (API) allows users to "search WorldCat and receive bibliographic records for cataloged items, information about libraries that own the items, and links to online catalog records (http://www.worldcat.org/affiliate/tools?atype=wcapi)."5 Based on new Z39.50 technology, the SRU (search/retrieve via URL) API allows users of WorldCat to call up geographically sorted library holdings information.

 

OCLC Pilots WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry

OCLC announced on August 25, 2008 that it has launched a six-month pilot to text the concept and functionality of a "cooperative environment to discover, create, and share copyright evidence through a collaboratively created and maintained database, using the WorldCat cooperative model to eliminate duplication efforts." More information is available at http://www.oclc.org/us/en/news/releases/200832.htm.

 

OCLC Web Harvester

Web Harvester, a new OCLC product that allows libraries using CONTENTdm to capture and add Web content to their digital collections, was released on July 29, 2008. More information is available at http://www.oclc.org/us/en/news/releases/200829.htm.

 

 

EVENTS

ALA ALCTS Technical Services Directors of Large Research Libraries Discussion Group ("Big Heads"), American Library Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, June 27, 2008

A summary of the meeting is available on the ALCTS website at http://www.ala.org/ala/alcts/divgroups/dg/technicalservicesdir/AC08_mtgsummary.doc. What follows is a synopsis of some of the major trends and salient activities of the Big Heads as enunciated in the round robin reports.6

The major activities of Big Heads' technical services divisions in 2008 were very similar to those in smaller academic libraries like mine and quite possibly yours: e-books acquisitions and cataloging, ERM implementations, implementing digital and institutional repositories, physical moves and renovations, offsite storage projects, approval plan and shelf-ready consolidations, ILS migrations and installations of discovery layers such as Endeca, Vufind and Aqua Browser, digitization projects, and last, but not least, reviews of technical services organization and workflow.

Several of the libraries represented on Big Heads, including Cornell, University of Texas, UCLA (10 campuses), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Ohio State University, and University of Washington are at various stages of piloting or implementing WorldCat Local. University of Washington, which was the first pilot site of WorldCat Local, now popularly known as WCL, has moved into production. UCLA's application of WCL is noteworthy to consortia, since they have been experimenting with "campus-specific" views.

Duke University Press E-Book MARC records are now available through eBrary. In keeping with LCWG's recommendation, the Library of Congress and Duke University Press (DUP) will be providing CIP for DUP titles in both print and electronic formats.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine is participating on the advisory board of the OCLC Next Generation Cataloging Project to "explore ways to use and enhance publisher ONIX metadata for mutual benefit of both libraries and publishers."7 The Ohio State University Library is one of the libraries testing the automatic creation of metadata (MARC records in OCLC) from Onix vendor-supplied data.

The University of Chicago Library is exposing previously invisible collections with the implementation of Aquabrowser. They expect to add more data sources in fall 2008 as well as to implement enhanced functionalities such as user-tagging, reviews, and FRBR-like clustering.

In a similar vein, Yale University rolled out a public version of Vufind on Aug. 15, 2008 which included faceted searching, relevancy ranking, advanced sorting, cover art, book reviews, RSS feeds, an Unicode-compliant 9-language interface, and user accounts.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has released the final report of its task force charged with identifying and vetting proposals for a new service model. The report released in April 2008 is entitled "Challenge, Change and the Service Imperative: the University Library in the 21st Century" and is available at http://www.library.uiuc.edu/committee/budgetplus/nsmfinal/.

The University of Michigan Library, a pioneer in the Google book digitization project, digitized and made accessible online 1 million volumes by the end of 2007, and have sent a total of 2 million volumes to Google for digitization overall. The University of Michigan is collaborating with Indiana University to leverage its investment to create a Shared Digital Repository.

Last, but not least of the big heads activities for 2008, and a sign of our times, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as a member of the Open Content Alliance, has implemented a digitization service called "Scan on Demand." Requests through interlibrary loan or from a library staff member are given the highest priority and are usually available online to the requestor within 72 hours.

 

Marcum's Response to LCWG Report

On June 1, 2008, Deanna Marcum issued the Library of Congress' recommendation-by-recommendation response to the report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control. "Response to On the Record: Report of The Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control" is available at http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/news/LCWGResponse-Marcum-Final-061008.pdf.

 

RDA Milestones

Joint Statement of the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Agricultural Library on Resource Description and Access
In response to the LCWG's recommendation "to suspend work on RDA," the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Library of Agriculture issued a joint statement on May 1, 2008 that they are committed "to further completion of RDA [but that] following its completion a decision to implement the rules will be based upon the positive evaluation of RDA's utility within the library and information environment, and criteria reflecting the technical, operational and financial implications of the new code. This will include an articulation of the business case for RDA, including benefits to libraries and end users and cost analyses for retraining staff and re-engineering cataloging processes."8

 

RDA Timeline

Following the RDA Satellite Meeting at IFLA in August 2008, this revised schedule (subject to change) was circulated to constituents and posted on the JSC website, http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/jsc/rda.html.
Mid-October 2008 — full draft of content released in online product for comment
Mid-January 2009 — comment period closes
Early March 2009 — JSC and CoP meet in Chicago. JSC finalizes review of comments received
Third quarter calendar 2009 — RDA is released
Last quarter calendar 2009-early 2010 — CoP national libraries evaluate RDA prior to implementation

 

IFLA Satellite Conference on RDA

The presentations or papers from this conference, held on August 8, 2008 in Quebec City, are available on the JSC website, http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/jsc/rda.html#presentations. These include: "Resource Description and Access -- Overview: History, Principles, Conceptual Models" by Barbara Tillett; "Resource Description and Access: Structure, Content and the Development Process" by Deirdre Kiorgaard; "RDA Vocabularies and Concepts" by Gordon Dunsire; "Beyond RDA's First Release" by Pam Gatenby; "The International Community's Reaction to RDA" by Anders Cato. The images in the last presentation, "RDA Feature & Functionality" by Chris Oliver, gave catalogers a good idea of how the online product will work. A more technical explanation of the online product's architecture "RDA Product Development Snapshot" by Nannette Naught, is available on the ALA website at http://presentations.ala.org/images/9/9a/RDAForumPresentation_Naught.ppt (Power Point).

 

Library and Archives Canada and the Open Library Environment (OLE) Project

On September 2, 2008, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) announced that it will be participating in the Open Library Environment (OLE) Project along with other core partners. Duke University will act as the project lead:

"With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the OLE Project will develop a design document for a next-generation open-source library automation system that fits modern expectations for library workflows and is built on a modern service-oriented architecture. This library system will be able to meet the changing and complex needs of modern libraries and library users."9

We are invited to visit the OLE website at http://oleproject.org/ or to contact Gillian Cantello at gillian.cantello(at)lac-bac.gc.ca for more information regarding LAC's participation in the project.

 

OCLC and Google Partnership

OCLC and Google signed an agreement in May 2008 allowing OCLC member libraries participating in the Google Book Search™ program "to share their WorldCat-derived MARC records with Google to better facilitate discovery of library collections through Google."10 A full press release is available at http://www.oclc.org/us/en/news/releases/200811.htm.

 

Upcoming Conferences of Interest to Catalogers

The International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications will take place from September 22-26, 2008 at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Berlin, Germany. Press release and program information can be found at http://dc2008.de/dateien/DC2008_PR_5en.pdf.

The joint OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers) and MOUG (Music OCLC Users Group) Conference, "Rocking the Metaverse: A/V Cataloging in a Web X.0 Environment" will take place in Cleveland, Ohio, September 26- 28, 2008. For more information, see the conference website at http://www.notsl.org/olac-moug/home.htm.

Access 2008 will be held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Oct. 1-4, 2008. The program is available on conference website at http://access2008.blog.lib.mcmaster.ca/. In conjunction with Access 2008, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is holding a meeting on institutional repositories on Oct. 1.

 

2008 NISO Webinars

Judging by their popularity (over 100 sites tuned in to the first webinar) and the applicability of the first two in the NISO Webinar series, catalogers may want to circle upcoming webinars on their calendars. This series was launched by NISO in response to LCWG's recommendation 5.2.2 to "Share Educational Materials Broadly via the Internet"11 Registration and setup is easy and can be done online from the NISO webinar page at http://www.niso.org/news/events/2008/webinars/. Much can be learned in an hour and a half. Upcoming webinars include:

September 10, 2008, ONIX for Publications Licenses (ONIX-PL): Simplifying License Expression. The speakers are Jeff Aipperspach, Serials Solutions, and Alicia Wise, NISO ONIX-PL Working Group. For more information see http://www.niso.org/news/events/2008/webinars/onixpl.

October 2, 2008, SUSHI: Beyond Trial Into Real Use. Speakers: Adam Chandler, SUSHI Maintenance Advisory Group and Hana Levay, University of Washington Libraries.

October 29, 2008, NISO Webinar: Identifiers

 

Cataloging of Audiovisual Materials and Other Special Materials

Libraries Unlmited published a revised edition of Minnesota State University, Mankato professor emerita Nancy B. Olson's book Cataloging of Audiovisual Materials and Other Special Materials: A Manual Based on AACR2 and MARC 21. This fift edition was revised and updated with the assistance of Robert L. Bothmann and Jessica J. Schomberg, also at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Individual chapters deal with cartographic materials, sound recordings, videorecordings, graphic materials, 3-dimensional artifacts & realia, and kits; all of which are substantially updated; while two additional sections, Electronic Resources, and Serials, have been completely rewritten. Each chapter begins with a discussion of the general problems a particular media presents, followed by a statement of applicable AACR2 rules and an overview of existing Library of Congress rule interpretations. Facsimiles of source material, with appropriate coding/tagging, subject headings, and call numbers appear throughout. http://www.greenwood.com/books/printFlyer.aspx?sku=LU5863

 

 

PEOPLE

 

Ted Fons, Director, OCLC WorldCat Global Metadata Network

Ted Fons joined the OCLC management team on June 23, 2008 as Director, OCLC WorldCat Global Metadata Network. His primary responsibility will be to direct the performance of WorldCat global metadata management. Mr. Fons was most recently Director of Customer Services, Innovative Interfaces, Inc., where he was responsible for the global call center and customer service operations in 2008 and Senior Product Manager from 1997-2007.

 

Monika Münnich (1939 - 2008)

On January 22, 2008, Monika Münnich passed away in the age of 68 after a long illness. Monika was a well known cataloguer, both nationally and internationally. I first met Monika in 1973, the year we both received our diplomas in library science. From that time until her retirement in June 2004, Monika worked in the cataloging department of the University Library Heidelberg.

For more than 20 years, besides her daily work in the Library, she was involved in a variety of committees on descriptive cataloging. In the nineties Monika was chairwoman of the Expert Group on the German Rules for Cataloging (Expertengruppe RAK). This is the official group for descriptive cataloging established by the German Library Institute Board of Cataloging, (Kommission des Deutschen Bibliotheksinstituts für Erschließung und Katalogmanagement). Monika dedicated nearly all her free time to cataloging questions and never resigned. In 1991/92 Monika was a member of a national committee to create modern rules for online catalogs. We made proposals, but unfortunately the new rules were not adopted.

Monika´s passion was to change the German Cataloging Rules to rules for online catalogs and the adaptation of international rules. In the late nineties she worked privately with friends toward this goal. Although this group developed advanced rules for the future, these really very promising rules were rejected by official quarters. This was a bitter disappointment for Monika that put a strain on the last years of her professional career.

From 1984 until her retirement Monika represented her University Library in the Cataloging Group of the Southwest German Library Network. The joint work of this committee was very open to the future. For example, in 1991 this committee proposed to adopt MARC rather than to develop MAB2. Working on this committee was one of the best experiences of her professional life and she missed these meetings after her retirement.

Monika´s most important contribution to the profession was surely that she took the initiative to translate AACR2 into German. She brought librarians together from the Unite States and Germany. Monika put her whole heart into the translation and she never hesitated to call catalogers late in evening or on weekends to discuss a rule or to push for the work to be completed. She never considered her health.

In recent years, Monika was proud to be a member of the IFLA Cataloguing Section. Unfortunately she could not present her prepared lecture in Sao Paulo, because her health at that time did not allow her to fly. Today, during the discussion and development of RDA we would be happy to have such an international experienced colleague like Monika with us!

Professor Margarete Payer
Stuttgart Media University
Stuttgart, Germany

 

 

Footnotes

1 Sandra Roe, "On the Record - An Invitation," Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 46, no. 3 (2008), 236.
2 Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, "On the Record: Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control," January 9, 2008, http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/news/lcwg-ontherecord-jan08-final.pdf.
3 Marielle Veve, 19 Aug 2008 AUTOCAT posting. Subject : Survey: Catalogers working with Non-MARC Metadata.
4 OCLC WorldCat, xISSN History Visualization Tool (Web service) Website (viewed Aug. 30, 2008) available at http://worldcat.org/xissn/titlehistory.
5 OCLC WorldCat, WorldCat Search API (Web service) Website (viewed Aug. 30, 2008) available at http://www.worldcat.org/affiliate/tools?atype=wcapi.
6 The round robin reports are available at http://www.ala.org/ala/alcts/divgroups/dg/technicalservicesdir/2008_Annual_Conference_Round_Robin_Reports.cfm.
7 National Library of Medicine. Report of Activities, ALA Annual Meeting, June 2008, available at http://www.ala.org/ala/alcts/divgroups/dg/technicalservicesdir/AC08_NLM.doc, p.1.
8 Joint Statement of the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Agricultural Library on Resource Description and Access, May 1, 2008. Available at http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/news/RDA_Letter_050108.pdf, p. 1.
9 Library and Archives Canada. Press Release Sept. 2, 2008, "Library and Archives Canada: A Core Partner of the Open Library Environment (OLE) Project" available online at http://www.librarytechnology.org/ltg-displayarticle.pl?RC=13516.
10 OCLC. Press Release, May 19, 2008. "OCLC and Google to Exchange Data, Link Digitized Books to WorldCat." http://www.oclc.org/us/en/news/releases/200811.htm.
11 Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, "On the Record: Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control," 39.

 

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