ALA Proposals and Discussion Papers 2014

Please use the blog posts listed below for further discussion of our own proposals submitted to the JSC and the responses they have received.

· 6JSC/ALA/27, Revision of RDA and Source of numbering within series and subseries:

· 6JSC/ALA/28, Creating a priority order for Sources of Information in Date of Manufacture element (RDA

· 6JSC/ALA/29, Clarifying core element status for “not identified” elements in the Distribution and Manufacture Statements (RDA 2.9 and 2.10):

· 6JSC/ALA/30, Using the mark of omission when recording titles (RDA 6.2):

· 6JSC/ALA/31, Subject Relationship Element in RDA Chapter 23:

· 6JSC/ALA/32, Expanding the scope of Statement of Responsibility in RDA 2.4 and eliminating the instructions for Performers, Narrators, Presenters (RDA 7.23), and Artistic and/or Technical Credits (RDA 7.24):

· 6JSC/ALA/33, Clarifying instructions for Sequences of Plates (RDA

· 6JSC/ALA/34, Eliminating the instructions for Date of Expression of a Religious Work (RDA 6.24) and modifying the instructions for Authorized Access Point Representing an Expression of the Bible (RDA

· 6JSC/ALA/35, Creating instructions for using nominative case for titles (RDA 6.2), names (RDA 8.5), and places (RDA 16.2):

· 6JSC/ALA/36, Clarifying instructions for Recording Duration (RDA 7.22) and Note on Carrier (RDA 3.21):

· 6JSC/ALA/Discussion/4, Transcription issues associated with the Production Statement (RDA 2.7):

CC:DA Task Force on Place Names in RDA

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.

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CC:DA Task Force to Revise Building International Descriptive Cataloging Standards

CC:DA/TF/Revise Building International Descriptive Cataloging Standards
March 1, 2012

CC:DA Task Force to Revise Building International Descriptive Cataloging Standards


The Task Force to Revise Building International Descriptive Cataloging Standards will review and update the document Building International Descriptive Cataloging Standards: the Role of the American Library Association’s Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access, an externally-focused document that describes CC:DA’s work.  The task force should take into account:

  • the scope and objectives of RDA
  • the current composition of CC:DA
  • current methods of contacting CC:DA and submitting revision proposals

Timeline: final report by Annual 2012. The revised document will be published in pdf. Continue reading