Monthly Archives: November 2009

LC Decision on Simplifying Cartographic Form Subdivions

From Janis Young, LC Policy and Standards Division:

"On June 10, 2009 the Policy and Standards Division (PSD) of the Library
of Congress requested input from the library community about its
proposal to change the structure of LCSH subdivisions for many
cartographic materials
(http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/cartographic.pdf). In brief, the
paper suggested simplifying form subdivisions used for cartographic
materials by removing the adjective (e.g. -Maps, Comparative would be
revised to -Maps). The new genre/form headings would then do the
“heavy lifting” of identifying a particular genre or form of
material. After reviewing all of the comments it received, PSD has
decided to implement its proposal to simplify the subdivisions.

The full text of the decision, which includes PSD’s responses to
several concerns raised by the correspondents, is available on LC’s
web site at http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/cartographic2.pdf."

Article on RDA training

 Thanks to Iris for pointing out this interesting article. See description below:

Preparing Catalogers for RDA training

Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, vol. 47, issue 8, p. 691-707.

"This article prepares catalogers for the new cataloging standard
Resource Description and Access (RDA) by giving trainers and
Library and Information Science (LIS) educators the information
they need to plan training for themselves and their staff or students.
The theoretical principles of RDA are introduced as well as the
corresponding vocabulary that trainers will need to use. This is
followed by an overview of the structure of RDA as compared to the
Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed. (AACR2). Examples of
rule changes and options are highlighted for trainers along with
a reminder to review existing cheat-sheets and manuals that are
based on AACR2. Finally, types of training formats are suggested."