The ALA-LC Romanization tables are developed jointly by the Library of Congress (LC) and the American Library Association (ALA). Romanization schemes enable the cataloging of foreign language materials. Romanized cataloging in turn supports circulation, acquisitions, serials check-in, shelflisting, shelving, and reference, particularly in library catalogs that are unable to display non-roman alphabet information.
The ALCTS Committee on Cataloging: African and Asian Materials (CC:AAM) met on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas. As a part of this meeting CC:AAM reviewed LC proposals for new Syriac and Moroccan Tamazight romanization tables, as well as a revision to the Khmer romanization table. All three tables were approved.
The Khmer, Moroccan Tamazight, and Syriac are now available for downloading from the ALA-LC Romanization Tables webpage. Please direct any questions about romanization tables to Bruce Johnson, Policy and Standards Division (firstname.lastname@example.org).