Monday, June 19, 2006
The time has come to touch base about all that's new with the PCC in preparation for the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana)!
Please take a few moments to update your calendar of events and electronically flag in your personal Palm pilots those meetings which are a "must attend"! As a reminder, don't forget to "re-fresh" your Web browser to get the newest html image of a Webpage.
The most up-to-date PCC Calendar is available at: ( http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/calendar.html ). A visit to the calendar will also provide locations and times for the various meetings that PCC folks might find of interest.
In preparation for the ALA Annual Meeting, the PCC Staff have been busy preparing the most current program statistics. The PCC Statistics Web site at: ( http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/stats/stats.html ) has several links on which to click to display a summary of the recent contributions made to the program. You are encouraged to visit the pdf links and verify the statistics reported for your institution.
As usual, the PCC will have the PCC Participants' Meeting on Sunday at the Morial Convention Center from 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. A copy of the meeting agenda is available at:
( http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/PCCpartagenda06a.html ); this meeting's special program will be a moderated panel discussion "The Future of Bibliographic Control in the Cooperative Environment." Panel members will include Deanna Marcum, Library of Congress, Associate Librarian for Library Services; Beacher Wiggins, Library of Congress, Director, Acquisitions & Bibliographic Access; Mark Watson, PCC Chair and University of Oregon, Associate University Librarian for Collections & Access; and Bob Wolven, Past PCC Chair and Columbia University, Director of Library Systems and Bibliographic Control.
The BIBCO-At-Large agenda has been posted at: ( http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/bibco/agenda06a.html ); the agenda also includes the reminder about the 11:00 A.M. Karen Calhoun and Beacher Wiggins Update to the BIBCO and CONSER-At-Large Groups. It promises to address issues of interest to PCC catalogers in the Calhoun report.
The CONSER-At-Large agenda is also available at: ( http://www.loc.gov/acq/conser/at-large06agenda.html ). This agenda lists a detailed account of topics and is also included within the text of the BIBCO-At-Large Agenda.
With the most recent series decision, the PCC has attempted to keep abreast of the most up-to-date changes to documentation, and recent statements issued by various organizations. You are encouraged to avail yourselves of ( http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/seriesPCC.html ) to read about the PCC decisions, and make appropriate electronic bookmarks to the organizational links from
ALCTS (Confer with: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=news&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=127344 );
OCLC (Confer with: http://www.oclc.org/news/announcements/announcement191.htm ), the policy statement available on the CPSO Web site at: ( http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/series.html ), and the PCC series FAQ at: ( http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/bibco/seriesfaq.html ).
The incoming PCC Chair, Mechael Charbonneau, recently announced that the following two individuals were
elected to positions as representatives to the PCC Policy Committee, each with three-year terms commencing October 1, 2006. Congratulations are in order for both Margaretta Yarborough (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), representing BIBCO and Nancy Fleck (Michigan State University), representing CONSER. A sincere appreciation is extended to the candidates for their willingness to stand for election and to the Nominating Committee for assembling such an outstanding slate. Welcome, Margaretta and Nancy!
As usual, please report any changes and/or additions about liasion information directly to the PCC Webmaster, John N. Mitchell at [log in to unmask] . The most recent members and institutional representatives should be current in preparation for this ALA conference.
The SACO-At-Large Agenda is also available at: ( http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/archive/SACO-At-LargeAgenda06a.html ). This will be only the second meeting for SACO-At-Large; PCC participants who are involved with subject headings and subject analysis are strongly encouraged and invited to attend. The highlight of this meeting will be a discussion held by Mary Charles Lasater of Vanderbilt University who will focus on how terms found in other thesauri and subject heading lists help to drive the development of terminology in LCSH.
As SACO Coordinator, I would also extend a warm welcome to the newest SACO-Only members and particularly to the 3 newest SACO funnel projects, the Arabic Funnel, the Northern Michigan University Subject Funnel Project, and the Northern New England Subject Authority Funnel Project; a complete listing of the projects is available at: ( http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/saco/funnelsaco.html ). For a more comprehensive background on each of the projects, please visit their respective home pages.
As an added touch, I include the following text you might be singing and humming to yourself in preparation for the upcoming ALA experience in NOLA!
[NOTA BENE: Sung or hummed to the tune of "Lola" recorded by the Kinks in 1970 and found on the album:
"Lola vs. Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part 1"; it reached # 9 on the U.S. charts, and # 2 on the charts in Great Britain]
"We met in a bar down in old San Anton
Where you drink Shiner Bock and/or a mix of rum and Cherry-cola
She asked me about the PCC and in my confident voice,
my answer was we'd have to wait for NOLA
N-O-L-A NOLA no-no-no-no NOLA
Well, I'm not the world's most erudite guy
But when she asked me again I broke into a sweat
Although we weren't in NOLA no-no-no-no NOLA
Well, I'm not dumb, but I can't understand
Why she kept on asking me again and again
And I said wait for NOLA
Well, we drank tequila and talked all night
About new series and electronic bytes
She leaned on the bar and slapped her knee
Ordered two more drinks and said what's up with LC?
Well, I'm not the world's most stubbornest guy
But kept on insisting, you simply gotta wait for the PCC in NOLA
No-no-no-no NOLA no-no-no-no NOLA
NOLA no-no-no-no NOLA no-no-no-no NOLA
We'll be in the Cafe du Monde, where I'll have to say
"Laissez les bon temps roulez!"
And having just been in the French Quartiere;
I'll get down on my knees
And beg her to join the PCC
Well thats the way that I want it to stay
And I always hope that it will be that way in NOLA
Voodoo, zydeco; graveyards and Cajun
NOLA is always a mixed up world
That's home to NOLA No-no-no-no NOLA
Well, I'll leave home just this week prepared
And I've dreamed that which I've never dared
Will NOLA be the place where she finally joins the PCC
And says that NOLA is the place to be?
Well, I'm not the world's most confident man
But I've seen Katrina; what a storm she was
But NOLA survived, and we all still love
No-no-no-no NOLA no-no-no-no NOLA
NOLA no-no-no-no NOLA no-no-no-no NOLA"
OK, so I wasn't original, but I thought it worked! Now, let's go and have some beignets and cafe au lait!
John N. Mitchell
Library of Congress
Cooperative Cataloging Team
Washington, D.C. 20540-4382
202.707.5772 (Office phone)
202.252.2082 (Office fax)
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