Implementation of Apostrophes in Japanese Romanized Cataloging and Proposed Revision of the ALA-LC Japanese Romanization Table
The Library of Congress recently announced its interest in clarifying the use of apostrophes in romanized Japanese cataloging. Comments about the announcement were overwhelmingly in favor of using the apostrophe rather than the alif.
Based on this feedback, the Library of Congress will immediately align the use of the apostrophe in Japanese romanized cataloging with the published ALA-LC Japanese romanization standard. LC will also update headings in its bibliographic and authorities databases to reflect this decision. PCC member institutions are asked to adjust Japanese romanized cataloging records accordingly as they are encountered.
The announcement about apostrophe use in Japanese romanized cataloging revealed that additional revisions to the Japanese ALA-LC romanization table were needed. LC’s Policy and Standards Division is posting a revision proposal to the Japanese romanization table [PDF, 364 KB], along with a separate document [PDF, 165 KB] that enumerates changes in the revision proposal.
This revision proposal was adjusted on March 28, 2012 to clarify the romanization of numerals in Word Division 5(a) on page 16.
Comments on this proposed revision should be sent to Bruce Johnson in LC’s Policy and Standards Division (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than June 13, 2012.