Dear SACO Task Force,
Thanks for all your comments last week. I was away for a workshop
the last two days and was happy to see so much activity during my absence.
This week our topic is "Feedback." I know this topic is important to
all of us and will stimulate lots of good ideas about how feedback can be
effective in helping us propose more and better subject headings.
Just as an advance warning, this is our last substantive topic. Next
week we have scheduled to review our discussions and devise a plan for our
next steps toward completing our charge, so I took this opportunity to
forward a copy of the workplan and the charge below.
Have a great week,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jimmie Lundgren
> Sent: Friday, March 07, 2003 2:16 PM
> To: SACO Task Group (E-mail)
> Subject: Charge and workplan
> Dear SACO Task Group,
> Thanks for your input regarding the workplan and the charge. Here is
> the latest version of the workplan after swapping times between the
> utilities and LC parts of the contribution and distribution mechanism
> topics as suggested by Hugh and supported by messages from Susan, Tom and
> Revised workplan (March 7)
> Week 1. (March 3-7) General views on charge and workplan (including any
> amendments), and verification of email receipt.
> Week 2. (March 10-14) Membership criteria.
> Week 3-4. (March 17-28) Membership responsibilities and benefits.
> Week 5-6. (March 31-April 11) Contributor perspective on contribution and
> distribution mechanism.
> Week 7. (April 14-18) LC perspective on contribution and distribution
> Week 8. (April 21-25) Utilities' role in contribution and distribution
> Week 9-10. (April 28-May 9) Supporting documentation.
> Week 11. (May 12-16) Training support.
> Week 12. (May 19-23) Feedback.
> Week 13. (May 26-30) Review of discussion and plan for next steps.
> Week 14. (June 2-6) Drafting preliminary report.
> I do not have any news yet on the RLG liaison to our task group. I
> sent an email asking Ana Cristan about this and will let you know when she
> responds. I hope someone will be assigned soon, but it seems to me that we
> should go ahead with our discussions, especially since we do not plan to
> take up the issue of the utilities role until late April.
> Since there have been no major issues raised or other significant
> comments regarding the charge other than those from Hugh, I take this as a
> sign that the charge is clear as written and not in need of clarification
> or revision. Please speak up if you think otherwise. Just for good
> measure, I will copy it below:
> PCC Task Group on SACO Program Development
> 1) To identify institutional/participant needs to facilitate subject
> proposal contributions for inclusion in LCSH.
> 2) To recommend parameters for membership in SACO
> 3) To propose a list of responsibilities that accompany SACO membership,
> both from the PCC and the participant perspective.
> It is expected that by satisfying these charges the task group will be
> developing recommendations for the programmatic structure for the SACO
> Program of the PCC, as directed by action item 6d of the PCC Policy
> Committee meeting summary <http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/pocosum02.pdf>
> November, 2002. The final report of the task force will contain
> recommendations including those that:
> 1) Outline a SACO training scenario, including what responsibilities the
> PCC has in providing/sharing the existing subject cataloging documentation
> or that which might be newly developed.
> 2) Suggest a mechanism for facilitating the contribution and distribution
> of subject proposals among subject trainers and training institutions for
> internal review, for final review by LC editorial review staff, and for
> distribution of approved headings to the community at large.
> 3) Identify whose responsibility it should be to implement each of the
> elements described..
> Monday we will begin our discussions on Membership criteria (part 2
> of the charge). What expectations are reasonable and desirable for SACO
> members? Quantity? Quality? For perspective on current and recent
> statistics of SACO participants there are links to pdf tables from the
> webpage at http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/stats/stats.html I look forward
> to hearing your thoughts on this topic. In the meantime, have a great
> weekend. Thanks,