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Report on the Annual meeting of the Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group in Chicago, IL on June 30, 2013

The ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group met at the ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Forty-nine people were in attendance. The meeting’s topic was “Catalog Evolution”. Three presenters addressed issues ranging from social tagging, to MARCXML, to RDA training.

Nastia Guimaraes, Electronic Resources and Serials Cataloging Librarian, University of Notre Dame, was installed as the incoming chair of CCRIG.  Enerel Dambiinyam, Assistant Professor and Cataloging Librarian, Middle Tennessee State University, and Rachel Jaffe, Metadata and Catalog Librarian, Binghamton University, SUNY, were elected as incoming co-vice-chairs.

Wendy West, Head of Database Maintenance, Processing and Bindery Department, University at Albany, State University of New York, presentedTag you’re it: Enhancing access to graphic novels. This presentation examined social tagging as aid for access to graphic novel titles in the discovery layer catalogs. In this project, the catalogs of a group of Association of Research Libraries were reviewed to determine if they offered social tagging options and, if they did, whether their users were applying social tags to records identifying materials as graphic novels. The presentation also discussed such issues as specific patterns in the tagging terminology and metadata used by catalogers to identify graphic novels.

Peter H. Lisius, Music and Media Catalog Librarian, Kent State University, presented “AACR2 to RDA:  A means to an end”. This research presented some conclusions on AACR2 and RDA training through critical review of literature, examination of AACR2 to RDA mappings in the RDA Toolkit, and a look at both Library of Congress and OCLC policies surrounding RDA training and transitioning. Taking all these materials together, the presenter offered his conclusions as to the current and future usefulness/implications of learning both AACR2 and RDA together, or simply learning RDA on its own.

Violeta Ilik, Metadata Cataloging Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries, presented Reuse, Repurpose”. This presentation focused on the catalogers' experience in creating crosswalks between MARCXML and Dublin Core for specific collections at Texas A&M University Library. The focus remained on how the catalogers at Texas A&M University were able to use of Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) to transform MARCXML documents to Dublin Core XML documents. With two collections that were identified by a subject selector for inclusion in the Institutional Repository, catalogers demonstrated that they have the potential to take on metadata projects by actively participating in the transformation of documents from MARCXML into Dublin Core XML file format and other metadata file formats.

The presentations were followed by questions from the audience, which generated a lively discussion.

Please, see attached presentation slides for more details.