CC:DA Task Force on Place Names in RDA

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CC:DA/TF/Place Names/1
March 5, 2013

Formed: Feb. 25 2013
Suspended: Nov. 2013
Submitted: oral report (Annual 2013); oral update (Midwinter 2014)


The Task Force on the Recording of Place Names is charged with continuing CC:DA’s work in clarifying and suggesting revisions to RDA’s instructions on recording the names of places, with the ultimate goal of making these instructions conform to RDA’s goals of 1) creating an international standard and 2) presenting bibliographic information as machine-actionable data. With that in mind, the Task Force will explore, among other options:

  • Removing the requirement to record larger places from the instructions for recording preferred and variant forms of names;
  • Adding instructions for creating authorized and variant access points of places;
  • Creating separate instructions for an element called Name of Larger Place in chapter 16;
  • Alternately, creating a relationship element of Larger/Smaller Place.

The Task Force will submit an interim report at Midwinter 2014 and will deliver a final revision proposal at Annual 2014, to be submitted to the JSC for their Fall 2014 meeting.


Robert Rendall, Chair
Principal Serials Cataloger, Columbia University Libraries
102 Butler Library
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027
work: (212) 851-2449
fax: (212) 854-5167

Richard Guajardo
Head of Resource Discovery Systems
University of Houston
114 University Libraries
Houston, TX 77204-2000
Work: (713) 743-9984

John Hostage
Harvard Law School Library
Langdell Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138
work: (617) 495-3974
fax: (617) 496-4409

Steve Kelley
Head of Resource Maintenance and Serials Cataloging Librarian
Wake Forest University
Z. Smith Reynolds Library
PO Box 7777
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7777
Work: (336) 758-5245
Fax: (336) 758-4652

Kevin Randall

Adolfo Tarango
Head, Systemwide Collection Services
UC San Diego Libraries
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
work: (858) 822-3594
fax: (858) 822-0349

Larisa Walsh, 2012-2014
Monographic cataloger, University of Chicago Libraries
Regenstein Library
1100 East 57th Street, Rm. 170
Chicago, IL 60637
work: (773) 702-8726
fax: (773) 702-6623

Tammy Wong

Min Zhang
Cataloging Team Leader
Geography & Map Division
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20540
Work: (202) 707-2131

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