Thursday, June 23, 2005
Aloha,...err.....I mean Howdy,
By now your bags are packed, you're ready to go, you're standing there outside your door, and waiting to get picked up by the airport shuttle.......but I do know that you are planning to read the latest news from the PCC before arriving in Midway or O'Hare! Go ahead and enjoy that flight for the Windy City, for I know you want to breeze into and out of meetings while getting to experience the real "Taste of Chicago" that is happening this weekend in addition to the takeover by thousands of librarians.
[Fanfare!! Trumpets blazing!! Orchestra playing!!] The new PCC Website ( http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/ ) is now available for one and all to enjoy. Design and construction took many laborious months and we are so delighted to share the unveiling for the ALA annual conference. We appreciate the patience you have shown, and we encourage repeated visits to marvel at the new logo, the improved layout, and the stellar renovation. Please check your bookmarks! There have been some changes made and one ought to insure that the dreaded 404 Error page does not appear when you least expect it! We have even attempted to make that page a little more "user-friendly". Please send any corrections, notifications, and any broken links directly to "yours truly" [log in to unmask] ; the PCC Secretariat and Coop staff appreciate your efforts in helping us to maintain the integrity of the PCC Web site.
PLEASE N.B.: A proposal for the addition of dates to existing personal name headings is now being discussed and a brief synopsis is given here, with a call for comment issued.
The Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO) has been considering a suggestion in regard to reinstating MARC 21 note field 678 (Biographical or Historical Data) in name authority records in order to provide the death date of persons who are known to be deceased, but whose dates are kept "open" as a result of the Library of Congress (LC) policy of not adding death dates to established headings except in certain situations. Throughout the past 20 plus years that this policy has been in force, numerous catalog users have expressed frustration with the policy.
After extensive discussion, CPSO is now considering allowing the addition of all dates to existing headings rather than allowing only the addition of death dates. Recognizing that any proposal to add dates to existing headings impacts not only the LC catalog, but all the PCC and non-PCC communities, as well as requires the need for the revision of existing documentation, CPSO is opening for comment the following proposal and requests that comments, alternative suggestions, etc. be sent to [log in to unmask] by July 22, 2005. A more comprehensive discussion of this proposal will be available soon at the CPSO Website ( http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso ).
An FAQ for "dotcoms" has been added to the FAQ on corporate names. Please visit
( http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/naco/corpfaq.html#9 ) Please note, in addition, that the Corporate name and the "Creating NARs for NACO" FAQs have been split apart and that two new FAQs for either geographic names or for personal names have been created.
There are certain circumstances when it is necessary for NACO catalogers to notify CPSO subject specialists of the need to add a 667 "Subject usage note" on certain NARs (e.g., LCRI 26.3B-C, SCM H432, SCM H475). In order to facilitate this action, a Web-based form has been created and is now available at
( http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/naco/nar667form.html ).
The PCC statistics page ( http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/stats/stats.html ) has been updated with Mid-year statistics in the various total configurations. Please visit the page to insure that your institution's contributions have been correctly tabulated in accordance with the figures provided to the Coop staff.
The PCC Calendar ( http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/calendar.html ) has been updated and should accurately reflect upcoming events for the PCC. Most importantly, the calendar has a listing of all PCC-related activities scheduled to take place during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. We are all looking forward to seeing you at the PCC Participants' Meeting new time on Sunday from 5:00 - 6:30 PM!
Update # 1 of the 2005 LCRIs has been released and will be distributed in print form. This update incorporates all the Music Cataloging Decisions and an extensive section devoted to PCC institutions. LCRI Chapter 25 will now include Appendix 1 and will provide specifically-designed guidelines on how rules for motion pictures, radio and television programs are to be applied by PCC libraries.
And one for the road:
Remember, you respond: Who's there?
Little old lady
You respond: Little old lady, who?
I didn't know you could yodel!
On that musical note, thanks for reading all the way through. Can't wait to see all of you at the Frango Mints Counter at Marshall Fields. Ciao belli!