FLICC Meeting Announcement MA98-28

Law Classification and Cataloging for Federal Librarians

This four-day institute will provide a structured presentation of
law classification and cataloging for cataloging and reference
librarians. Using a classroom setting, the institute will cover
standards, bibliographic description, Library of Congress
classifications, types of U.S. and international law, subject
headings, and legal serials. The course requires a basic knowledge
of cataloging according to AACR2.

Monday, August 31 through Thursday, September 3, 1998

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Registration and Sign-In at 8:30 a.m. each

Mumford Room, 6th floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress,
101 Independence Avenue. SE, Washington, DC

Capitol South (Orange and Blue lines)


$250 (includes refreshments and handouts). Fees are fixed
regardless of number of days attended. See below for more
registration information. Or the FLICC Web site to register online.

Interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing,
Oral and/or Tactical) will be provided if requested five (5)
business days in advance of the event. For other ADA
Accommodations, please contact the Library's ADA Coordinator at
(202) 707-9948 TTY or (202) 707-7544 VOICE.

For content questions, please call Patti Fields at FEDLINK (202)
707-4834. For registration information, contact Anna Bohlin in the
FLICC Publications and Education Office (202) 707-4800, TTY (202)

Please call (202) 707-4800 if you cannot attend to allow those on
the waiting list to register.

Law Classification and Cataloging for Federal Librarians

Forms of Legal Materials and Electronic Classification Tools

In the morning, a select faculty of the Library of Congress
Library and Cataloging Directorate will introduce the variety of
forms and formats of legal materials. Presentations will highlight
organization and updating, cataloging standards, utilities (OCLC
and RLIN), and cooperative efforts (PCC, NACO, SACO).

The discussions in the afternoon will review types of technology
support. Presenters will demonstrate two major Library of Congress
electronic toolsthe online version of USMARC format for
Classification and the CD-ROM version of CLASSIFICATION PLUS that
links classification and subject headings in one database.

Bibliographic Description and Library of Congress Law

The morning of the second day addresses bibliographic description
of monographic or serial legal materials with an emphasis on
access points, the relationship of main entry to classification,
jurisdictionality, and uniform titles. The afternoon discussion
offers an overview of the Library of Congress Law classification's
conceptual structure, underlying principles and patterns of "Class
KZ: Law," and its relationship to the political and social science
classes. Presenters will address the main organization of the K
Class by regions and jurisdictions and the subject hierarchies and
form divisions.

The third day begins with a focus on "Class KF: Law of the United
States" (supported with CLASSIFICATION PLUS demonstrations) and
"Class KDZ and Class KG-KH: Law of the Americas, Latin America and
the West Indies." Finally, presenters will explore "Class KZ: Law
of Nations," with emphasis on international organizations (e.g.,
NATO), treaties, alliances, and public issues such as
environmental law or natural and maritime resources.
Demonstrations of Web access to online classification will
accompany these presentations. At the last session of the day,
small groups of participants will apply the classification
schedules for a class critique.

Subject Headings

Presenters will offer intensive instruction in the organization
and use of Library of Congress Subject Headings and the Subject
Cataloging Manual, including policy and practice issues. With the
help of participants will practice constructing and assigning
legal headings and law-specific subdivisions. Group exercises will
review the use of headings and the manual, followed by a group
critique. Finally, the presenters will introduce participants to
legal serials and the problem of "seriality." The Institute
concludes with an "Open Forum" attended by selected faculty.