Dear cataloging community,

The Cataloging Committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), the
Program for Cataloging Committee (PCC) at the Library of Congress (LC), and
the Cooperative Cataloging Team (Coop Cat) at LC have worked together to
make a number of cataloging tools, resources and projects available for
cataloging Hebraica materials. These are materials in which the dominant
portion of text, as well as the title page are written in Hebrew script and
can include Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, etc.

The Hebraica NACO Funnel (
http://library.stanford.edu/hebraicafunnel/) and
Judaica Subject Authority Funnel Project
(
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/saco/judaicafunnel.html) were established to
enable catalogers to propose new authority records (NARS), subject authority
records and LC classification numbers required for cataloging materials
related to Hebraica and Jewish Studies. These two funnel projects adhere to
the same guidelines and standards for operations as the other NACO and SACO
funnel projects that function within the PCC.

The PCC and Coordinator of these two funnels invite catalogers who handle
Hebraica materials and have not undergone specialized training at LC (this
is only applicable for Hebraica NACO participation and is not required for the
Judaica SACO Project) to consider joining these funnels and increase the
number of Hebraica and Judaica name authority records and subject headings
in the LC/NACO Authority File and Subject Authority File.
 
In addition, the NACO Hebraica Funnel maintains a web-page
(
http://library.stanford.edu/hebraicafunnel/) that provides cataloging tools
for Hebraica catalogers. An online and slightly revised edition of Paul
Maher's "Hebraica Cataloging" (1987) has been mounted at this website. The
site also provides links to documentation that describe rules and practices
associated with significant changes of policy affecting AACR2 Hebraica
cataloging that have taken place since 1987. This website and its associated
listserv, Heb-NACO help to publicize these and provide guidance for
catalogers creating Hebraica bibliographic and authority records. All practicing catalogers of Hebraica are
welcome to join the Heb-NAOC listserv.  For information on how to subscribe, contact Joan Biella at [log in to unmask].

If you have any questions and for further information, please contact:

Heidi G. Lerner (Coordinator: Hebraica NACO Funnel, Judaica Subject
Authority Funnel)
e-mail:
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or
Joan Biella (Senior Descriptive Cataloger, LC Hebraica Cataloging Team)
e-mail: [log in to unmask]