The Cooperative Cataloging Team and Series Authority Work

In line with the optional treatment for series tracing contained within the Core standard, the Library of Congress will begin recording all series statements as a 490 0 beginning 1st May 2006.  In the ensuing weeks, at the PCC Operations Committee meetings, at ALA*Annual, and at other venues, PCC members will discuss policy and practical issues related to this decision.

The Cooperative Cataloging Team will fulfill current commitments to review trainee work in series and to answer questions with the goal of independence for those members before the end of this year.  In keeping with the original announcement from LC, the team will not perform BFM or other database revisions, except for the deletion of duplicates found by PCC members in the authority files.

Decreasing practical familiarity with series work will require the Cooperative Cataloging Team to cease training and review.

The PCC itself has taken an independent step toward series authority work and training through the development in association with ALA's Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) of two series workshops. Preview offerings of these will be held at ALA*Annual in June.  The announcement by the Library of Congress does not preclude qualified PCC members from continuing series authority work through usual NACO channels.  The Library of Congress will continue to process and redistribute these records as part of its regular file distribution.

Anthony R.D. Franks
Team Leader, Cooperative Cataloging Team
Library of Congress
202-707-2822 (voice)
202-252-2082 (fax)