Friday, May 23, 2008
Fellow PCC-List pioneers,
It's time to send another "what's new" epistle from the PCC, dust off the wagons, and get ready for the welcome by Mickey and company.
First and foremost, please open your "de rigueur" electronic organizers (paper calendars are "so last century") and make sure that your schedules include the most important PCC meetings of the upcoming ALA Anaheim Conference. To enable completing of any time slots, please visit the PCC Calendar < http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/calendar.html > for times and locations of the fun and frolic that awaits the Disneyland Express.
The most up-to-date "Strategic Directions for the Program for Cooperative Cataloging" < http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/draftstratdir.html > document has been posted to the PCC Home Page. The newest revisions have been included with appropriate "Action Items"; however, the "Details" portion will be forthcoming. Please watch this space for an announcement about the new details when they have been included.
In May 2007, the Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS) began distributing a series of subject authority records that were created solely for the purpose of allowing for machine validation of commonly used subject strings consisting of established headings combined with free-floating subdivisions. Further details about these records can be found in the CDS announcment at
< http://www.loc.gov/cds/notices/2007-05-25-Subject_Authority_Validation_Records.pdf >.
As of this date, over 29,000 of these so-called "validation records" have been distributed, and they are continuing to be distributed at an accelerated pace.
The LC Subject Search screen in Class Web was recently restructured to allow users the option of excluding or including these validation records in their search results. Since most users who search for LC subject headings in Class Web wish to retrieve only standard subject authority records, not these special validation records, the default setting for searches is to exclude validation records.
Users who wish to include validation records may override the default setting for a specific search by checking the box for this purpose that appears under "Display Options" on the search screen.
Those users who wish to change the default setting to always include validation records in their searches may do so via the account preferences screen which is accessible from the Class Web Main Menu screen. On that screen ("Update Account Information"), a checkbox may be selected to always include validation records in subject heading searches. The checkbox can be found under the caption "LC Subject Heading Validation Records."
The Library of Congress, Cataloging Policy and Support Office has created a Webpage to present comprehensive data about the "Non-Latin Script Data in Name Authority Records: General Information" < http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/nonlatingeneral.html >. I would strongly encourage that this "general information" Webpage be bookmarked in your Web browsers in order to refer often to the newest and forthcoming documentation on this subject which are still being written and developed. An FAQ to respond to those issues that are felt to be regularly encountered has been prepared as "Non-Latin Script Data in Name Authority Records: Frequently Asked Questions < http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/nonlatinfaq.html >.
The Joint CONSER/BIBCO Operations Meeting (BIBCO Version) summary of the May 1-2, 2008 BIBCO OpCo meeting has been completed and is available on the BIBCO Home Page at: < http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc//archive/BIBCOOpCo2008Summary.html >. The summary provides links to some of the PowerPoints brought in by several speakers, and highlights the discussions which took place during the 2-day meeting.
The PCC Semi-Annual Statistics have been created, and are awaiting final totaling before posting to the PCC Webpage. Please make sure that any outstanding contributions to the various facets of the Program are appropriately added to your tallies.
It has come to the attention of the PCC Webmaster and SACO Coordinator, John N. Mitchell, that frequently participants are unsure to whom their concerns regarding contact information should be sent. Please send any contact information for Program liaisons, including, personnel changes, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses directly to [log in to unmask] . I will insure that these changes are input as expeditiously as possible.
The LC pioneers are rounding up the wagons, and will soon begin their journey West. I've heard expressed a need to protect the cataloging of the materials as the journey is made. Marc Format, has been given the chance to protect the valuable data stored during the trip. We hear that Mr. R. D. Access is making the journey as well to facilitate the impending change that will soon encompass our community. God speed and California, here we come!
John N. Mitchell
SACO Coordinator, and PCC Webmaster
Cooperative Cataloging Team
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20540-4382
202.707.5772 (Office phone)
202.252.2082 (Office fax)
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