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ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee

The Association for Library Collections &Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), with the support of Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), divisions of the American Library Association, are pleased to announce the formation of the ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee.    

The ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee will play a leadership role in the creation and development of metadata standards for bibliographic information.  The Committee will review and evaluate proposed standards; recommend approval of standards in conformity with ALA policy; establish a mechanism for the continuing review of standards (including the monitoring of further development); provide commentary on the content of various implementations of standards to concerned agencies; and maintain liaison with concerned units within ALA and relevant outside agencies. 

The Metadata Standards Committee will begin its work at the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association, January 2013.  While composition of the committee is still under discussion, membership will likely include equal numbers of voting members appointed by ALCTS and LITA and a voting liaison member appointed by RUSA.  The committee will actively seek input from many groups and communities of practice in its work.  

Having formed this new committee to spearhead participation in developing a wide range of applicable metadata standards, the three ALA divisions have also voted to disband the ALCTS/LITA/RUSA Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information (MARBI) Committee, as of June 30, 2013.  After June 2013, the MARC Advisory Committee (MAC) (http://www.loc.gov/marc/marbi/advisory2.html) is expected to continue to advise the Library of Congress on MARC development.  While there will no longer be MARBI involvement with MAC, other ALA representatives and liaisons as noted on the MAC  roster will continue to advise LC about MARC.  If a major issue related to MARC requires the attention of a voting ALA body, the issue may be brought to the new ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee.  MARC, however, is not expected to be the prevailing focus of the new ALCTS/LITA committee. 

For the past several decades, MARBI has played a critical role in improving library metadata, particularly the MARC formats.  ALCTS, LITA, and RUSA thank all those who have contributed to MARBI’s many accomplishments.  We look forward to working with the metadata community broadly in developing and monitoring current and emerging metadata standards.   

Carolynne Myall
ALCTS President 2012/13