ALA Midwinter, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
January 13, 2008
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 Noon
Sheraton Philadelphia, Independence Ballroom
John N. Mitchell, SACO Coordinator, led the discussion for the semi-annual SACO-At-Large meeting and opened with the growth and status of the SACO Program. Mitchell reported that the SACO program continues to increase in membership and pointed out that there is a direct link from the CPSO Home Page to the SACO Authority Proposal Form without instructing interested contributors to the SACO application. CPSO has been advised that this link needs to be modified and should link Web users to the SACO Home page instructing them that SACO membership is required before submitting proposals to LCSH.
Mitchell listed the following institutions as having become SACO members since ALA Annual in Washington, D.C.: Georgian Court University (a participant through the NJ NACO funnel), University of Hartford (CT), Asbury Park Public Library (NJ), Regent University (a participant through the Virginia SACO funnel), Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, San Diego County Public Law Library, NASA Headquarters Library (Washington, DC), the Lunar and Planetary Institute (Houston, TX), and the Bibliocentre (a technical services processing facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Update of jointly-developed ALCTS/PCC courses and their availability [Paul Frank]
Frank addressed the SACO-At-Large audience reporting on the revised "Basic Subject Cataloging Using LCSH" and the new ALCTS/PCC courses ("Fundamentals of Library of Congress Classification", and "Fundamentals of Series Authorities") that will soon be available from the Cataloging Distribution Service via the Cataloger's Learning Workshops Home page. Frank reported that final edits have been done and await posting by the CDS staff.
Report from the SACO Representative on the PCC Policy Committee (PoCo)
David Miller, Curry College, SACO representative on the PoCo, sent a letter to the SACO Coordinator to be read at the SACO-At-Large meeting. It explains his absence and briefly summarizes the SACO-related issues discussed at the November 2007 PoCo meeting. Miller also invites SACO members to contact him with any SACO-related issues that he can take to PoCo. For a thorough report of the PoCo meeting please read Miller's summary.
SACO Web course
Mitchell announced that ALCTS [Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association], on whose server the SACO Web course was developed using the WebCT 4.1 software, has migrated materials via the new software package (Moodle) it is using. Mitchell has been in consultation with ALCTS about making the necessary modifications and hopes that this long awaited Web-course will be available before ALA Annual. A small group of "beta testers" for the Web-course will work through any glitches before the course is publicly available. SACO participants should anticipate notification via the SACOlist.
Genre/Form Subject Authority Records:
Report from Janis Young, CPSO, of further developments
Janis Young provided an in-depth update on the genre/form projects being done at the Library of Congress. She highlighted CPSO's endeavors to add the 155-MARC tagged authority records to LCSH. The initial corpus of work reflects moving image genre/form headings. Young summarized some of the important issues that have been resolved and remain to be resolved for this genre/form terms and publicly acknowledged the support and suggestions from the library community. Following Young's PowerPoint presentation (PPT, 110KB) she responded to questions that stemmed from the content. Most notably was the decision that CPSO would reinstate the heading "Video recordings for the hearing impaired" as well as the heading "Video recordings for people with visual disabilities". Jeffrey Beall, University of Colorado at Denver, Auraria Library, asked about the database management perspective for this reinstatement, and Young confirmed that these decisions had been communicated to OCLC and that LC apologized about consequential database cleanup. Stephen Hearn, University of Minnesota, inquired about what Young characterized as "crossover terms" and Young responded that decisions have not yet been made as to the extent of interconnectibility for the genre/form terms. Each project will need to be looked at individually. Jimmie Lundgren, University of Florida, reported that the map community has been very involved and that the ALCTS Map Cataloging Discussion Group was enthusiastic and supportive of these genre/form efforts. Young indicated that LC's Geography and Map Division has also been in touch with MAGERT to involve map catalogers. Young pointed out that CPSO has been working on the standardized language used in scope notes and placement in the 667 and 680 fields.
Future SACO-At-Large Meetings:
Content / Time of Meeting?
Mitchell polled the audience about the format and content of the SACO-At-Large meetings and received overwhelming support to continue the program aspect of the meeting, rather than a simple reporting session about SACO and its growth. Given that mandate, Mitchell announced that the upcoming meeting of the SACO-At-Large will feature a panel presentation by four of the SACO funnel coordinators and how each manages his/her own funnel. The panel will include two funnel coordinators from a discipline perspective as well as two geographic-based subject funnel project coordinators.
Mitchell invited suggestions for future SACO-At-Large meetings and requested that these be forwarded to him directly or through the SACOlist. To that end, Mitchell intends that the 2009 SACO-At-Large meetings will focus on the functional requirements for subject authority records (FRSAR) and has started planning these meetings in Denver and Chicago.
The last item for the agenda focused on the time slot for the SACO-At-Large meetings. Attendees were quick to point out that this query should probably be disseminated particularly to those folks who weren't present, although there seemed to be a lot of support for the current time slot. Mitchell then volunteered to craft a message for the SACOlist, asking members to comment about the time that has been currently selected for the SACO-At-Large meeting. Sherman Clarke, New York University, suggested that a proposal be brought to SAC, asking them to publicize the SACO-At-Large meeting, which directly follows the Sunday morning SAC meeting. Mitchell followed up with SAC at its Monday afternoon meeting, and Qiang Jin, Chair, ALCTS CCS Subject Analysis Committee, agreed to do this. Stephen Hearn, University of Minnesota, suggested that the SACO-At-Large meeting have a listing in the ALA Program guide as well, which Mitchell will investigate.