Monthly Archives: April 2011

Judeo-Arabic romanization table

A new ALA/LC romanization table has been approved for Judeo-Arabic (Arabic written in Hebrew script).  For the first time in ALA/LC romanization of languages written in Hebrew or Arabic script, it’s strictly letter-by-letter and does not instruct the cataloger to “supply” unwritten short vowels.  So the results will look very different from what we’re used to seeing in other Hebrew or Arabic records: כוואכב (which would be كوكب in Arabic script) will be romanized kwwʼkb, not kawkab. Note 2 in the table gives the justification for this decision.  It will be interesting to see if this approach is the beginning of a new trend.

NYTSL 2011 Spring Program

New York Technical Services Librarians 2011 Spring Program


Wednesday, May 18, 2011
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.


The Auditorium in the Celeste Bartos Education Center at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & Forty-Second Street New York, NY


Reception from 5:30-6:30
NYTSL Meeting 6:30-6:40

Program “NYTSL : in an RDA State of Mind” 6:40-8:00


Everett Allgood — Serials Cataloger @ New York University Libraries

Kate Harcourt — Director, Original and Special Materials Cataloging @Columbia University Libraries

Elizabeth O’Keefe — Director of Collection Information Systems @ The Morgan Library & Museum

Sherman Clarke — Freelance and itinerant art cataloger, Alfred, NY.

**Please help us out to ensure a great program: if you have any questions you would like to see addressed in the presentations or used as follow-up questions please forward them to and we will share them with the speakers to help structure the program.

Registration details will follow soon.