Committees - Core Metadata & Collections Section

Participating on a committee is a great way to develop new skills, learn from your peers, help advance the mission of Core, and accomplish concrete goals. We need your talents! The volunteer form is open year-round to help fill any vacancies. The appointment process starts in February and finishes in April so that new committee members can begin on July 1.

We encourage all members to apply. We need the talent and skill of dedicated library professionals like you.

Learn more about the Leadership Team that manages this section.
 

Committees

  • Acquisitions
    Manages within Core all issues related to the acquisitions of continuing resources; liaises with other ALA units and relevant outside agencies with similar interests as appropriate. This Committee is part of the Metadata and Collections Section.
  • Committee on Cataloging: Asian and African Materials
    Considers all aspects of problems in the bibliographic organization of materials issued in or dealing with Africa and Asia, with the exception of Asiatic Russia. This Committee is part of the Metadata and Collections Section
  • Committee on Cataloging: Children's and Youth Materials
    Studies all aspects of the cataloging of library materials for children. This Committee is part of the Metadata and Collections Section.
  • Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA)
    The body within the American Library Association responsible for developing official ALA positions on additions to and revisions to RDA: Resource Description and Access. This Committee is part of the Metadata and Collections Section.
  • Continuing Resources Cataloging
    Manages within Core all issues related to the cataloging of continuing resources in all formats; liaises with other ALA units and relevant outside agencies with similar interests as appropriate. This Committee is part of the Metadata and Collections Section.
  • Continuing Resources Holdings Information
    Manages within Core all issues related to holdings information for all formats, with special attention to standards, use, and functionality in the exchange and use of holdings information in and among systems; liaises with other ALA units and relevant outside agencies with similar interests as appropriate. This Committee is part of the Metadata and Collections Section.
  • Metadata Standards
    Provides input on the process of creating and revising information-related standards and related best practices and guidelines, including input on ISO and NISO technical standards.
  • Subject Analysis Committee
    Studies problems and recommends patterns, methods, and tools for optimizing subject and genre/form access to information resources, with an emphasis on classification and controlled vocabularies used to organize information. Also provides a liaison for those areas of interest between Core and other ALA and non-ALA organizations that have an interest in and concern for these systems, tools, and activities.
  • SAC Subcommittee on Faceted Vocabularies
    Facilitates the implementation and use of faceted vocabularies in library metadata. Develops best practices and training materials for catalogers/metadata creators, as well as strategies and mechanisms for retrospective application of faceted terms in legacy metadata. SSFV collaborates with other standards bodies such as the Library of Congress Policy Training and Cooperative Programs Division and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, along with specialized communities of practice such as those focused on cataloging/metadata for music, audiovisual, law and cartographic resources. Where warranted, SSFV leads or participates in the development of new faceted vocabularies and/or the expansion/refinement of existing vocabularies, and in the development of metadata standards such as MARC 21. Is concerned with the optimization of faceted library metadata for user discovery of library resources, and seeks opportunities to lobby developers of discovery systems for improvements to search, display and indexing thereof.
  • Technical Services and Systems
    Studies and evaluates procedures and issues relating to the management of technical services systems and to provide a forum for discussion of related problems in all kinds of libraries. This Committee is part of the Metadata and Collections Section.
  • World Languages Acquisitions
    To manage within Core all issues related to the acquisitions of resources in world languages; to liaise, as appropriate, with other ALA units and relevant outside agencies with similar interests; and maintain the Foreign Book Dealers Directory.

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Related Committees

  • Advocacy Coordination Committee
    Coordinates all advocacy projects across Core’s areas of focus.
  • Emerging Technology Trends Committee
    Organizes the Top Technology Trends events held at ALA conferences; selects participants to name the trends, Manages online discussions and meetings; finalizes results and helps with follow-up activities. The Top Technology Trends are used to plan online education, programs, and publications.
  • LRTS Editorial Board
    Advises the editor on matters relating to editorial policies and journal content; assists in the selection of contributors and the evaluation of manuscripts; plans and monitors activities using Core’s strategic and tactical plan as a framework.
  • Preservation Outreach Committee
    Develops, facilitates, maintains and expands preservation focused outreach and service on behalf of Core through the Preservation Week and Preservation in Action initiatives; promotes these efforts through a variety of strategies, working closely with Core liaisons and staff; enhances outreach to the public, libraries, and other cultural institutions via social media, programing for the Core Continuing Education Coordination Committee, and maintaining preservation-focused resources for the Preservation Week website.
  • Preservation Standards & Practices
    Promotes and supports the development and use of appropriate methods and materials employed in the preservation of library materials in all formats. Identifies and reviews relevant information regarding standards, recommended practices, and technical reports. Oversees the creation and dissemination of the Preservation Statistics Survey. Promotes and coordinates Metadata and Collections Section activities in this area and brings potentially beneficial interactions with other groups sharing similar interests within and outside of ALA to the attention of Section leadership.