ALCTS CaMMS Committee on Cataloging: Asian & African Materials

ALA-LC romanization table info

  • 1.  ALA-LC romanization table info

    Posted Jul 09, 2019 03:30 PM

    Hello Robert, Nicole, and all,


    I have raised the question on the status of ALA-LC Romanization Table approval process here.  We will have a meeting with all stakeholders to discuss the best course of action next.  Do you know if ALA has documentation on this work?  We are trying to learn more of the work and the process it involves, which will help us make an informed decision.


    Thank you.



  • 2.  RE: ALA-LC romanization table info

    Posted Jul 10, 2019 11:33 AM

    Hi Jessalyn,


    I'm happy to hear that LC is looking into this more; thank you for raising the issue!


    Robert and I are only aware of LC's documentation regarding the process for Romanization tables:


    Charles – do you happen to be aware of ALA documentation, or other documentation that the committee has worked from in the past?





  • 3.  RE: ALA-LC romanization table info

    Posted Aug 07, 2019 02:36 PM
    Hi Nicole,

    The outline of the steps in the approval process were documented by Bruce Johnson, recently retired from LC, as follows:

    1. The table (new or revised) is drafted and forwarded to me as the editor.
    2. I take a first cut at it, editing it to be consistent with current editorial practice. I will also make recommendations for revisions if I'm aware of problems. (I'm not a linguist, but I am very familiar with the traps that can trip up the process.)
    3. Once the author(s) and I are happy with the state of the draft I share it with LC-internal stakeholders. Any problems will be negotiated with the author(s).
    4. Once the LC-internal review is complete we post the draft on LC's website and announce that comments from anyone are welcome for 90 days. I share the comments with the author(s) and the LC-internal stakeholders as they arrive. We respond to every comment, and if changes to the draft are needed, we make them and post the updated drafts. The PDFs always include internal metadata that identifies the version.
    5. Once the constituent review is complete, I forward the completed draft to CC:DA or CC:AAM for their review. This can be for as much time as is needed, but usually it is only for 1-2 weeks. I think that generally the CC:DA or CC:AAM Chairs share the drafts at this point and ask for comments. Historically, CC:DA has had very few comments.
    6. Once the CC:DA or CC:AAM discussion closes, the Chair calls for a vote to approve the draft romanization table. If the table is approved, this is communicated to me and I take care of (a) getting it posted, and (b) announcing its availability.


    Charles Riley
    Catalog Librarian
    Yale University

  • 4.  RE: ALA-LC romanization table info

    Posted Aug 07, 2019 09:12 PM

    Hello Nicole, Robert, and Charles,


    Thank you very much for finding the information about the Romanization process.  What you provided is very helpful.  I promise to get back to the committee after we have had a chance to discuss the issue here at LC.


    Best regards,