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ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group

ALA Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA

Date:  Sunday, June 24, 2012

Time: 10:30 am – Noon

Location: Hyatt Regency Orange County – Grand Ballroom E

Topic: Traditions and Transitions in Library Catalogs


Join CCRIG for a peek into the future of library catalogs, as cataloging practices transition from AACR2 to RDA, and into the FRBR and linked data environment.  Find out how libraries are applying theoretical constructs now, and what kinds of research we need to move forward with improving library catalogs.  Speakers will be available for brief question and answer sessions following their presentations.


“Everyday Cataloger Concerns: A Research-Based Agenda for Library Cataloging,” presented by Allyson Carlyle, Rachel Ivy Clarke, Paul J. Weiss, Violet Fox, and Morgan Bell, University of Washington Information School.

This research project focuses on bridging the gap between conceptual, academic cataloging research and the needs of catalogers. The presentation will review the results of interviews and focus groups to identify the most important areas of research for practicing catalogers, research directions for improving library catalogs, and will provide a comparison of practicing cataloger views and the views recently expounded by the Library of Congress about cataloging research.


“Fishing for FRBR in MARC, Mining for Data in Free Text,” presented by Kelley McGrath, Metadata Management Librarian, University of Oregon.

A report on part of a larger project, which uses the XC Metadata Services Toolkit to extract MARC data to create provisional records for FRBR group 1 entities populated with structured data optimized for machine manipulation. The discussion will include the methodology used for identifying data elements, especially those that potentially occur in multiple MARC fields or may be hidden in free text fields like notes, as well as examples of the problems encountered, and an initial assessment of the accuracy of the process.


“RDA in RDF: Transitioning to the FRBR Catalog and the Semantic Web,” presented by Kimmy Szeto, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, Maritime College, State University of New York.

In preparation for the transition from AACR2 to RDA, the presentation will report on the potential of the application of RDA in the current catalog environment. It will include a theoretical overview of RDA, RDF and Linked Data; a demonstration of converting and encoding actual bibliographic records to RDA, RDF and XML; and a review of implementation challenges in existing library systems and how they can best prepare for the Linked Data future.


For more information, contact Susan Massey, CCRIG chair at ([log in to unmask]) or Masha Stepanova, CCRIG vice-chair at ([log in to unmask]).



Susan A. Massey

Head of Discovery Enhancement

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

University of North Florida

1 UNF Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32224