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Automated Bibliographic Control Committee
January 8, 2011

Present: Patricia Thurston (Yale University), Jason Reuscher (Penn State University), Tatyana Chubaryan (TAMU), Diana Brooking (University of Washington), Larissa Walsh (University of Chicago), Sandra levy (University of Chicago), Kirill Tolpygo ( University of North Carolina), Liladhar Pendse (University of California, Los Angeles) , Tanja Lorkovic (Yale University), Zina Somova (East View Publications), Andy Spencer (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Heghine Hakobyan (University of Oregon)

  1. Minutes: Minutes from ALA Annual 2010 have been approved.
  2. The Pre-Revolutionary Orthography Task Force has created two documents on Transliteration of Titles in Pre-reform Orthography in Slavic Languages and Pre-reform Russian Orthography Cheat Sheet which are accessible through the Slavic Cataloging Manual web pages (

    Task Force is in the process of discussing drafts of two documents: Mixed orthographies and related AARC2 cataloging issues and the Table of comparison of transliteration of traditional Church Slavic and Russian.

    The first document is looking into problems that arise mostly with transcription of the title pages published in mixed orthography either as a result of an unsettled orthographic history in a specific time period, or as an example of pseudo-language when for stylistic or artistic reasons, a language is somewhat disguised in order to appear to be another language, or when words from one language include characters from the other.

    The second document outlines problems within the Church Slavic and Russian in the Library of Congress transliteration tables. It fleshes out the logical contradictions in how the Russian and Church Slavic tables speak to one another, and also includes list of characters that will not validate in Connexion.

  3. The Slavic Subject Authority Funnel project, officially established on November 5, 2010 and coordinated by Joanna Epstein (Harvard University) has its own web page on the Library of Congress Program for Cooperative Cataloging website ( There are four charter institutions for Slavic funnel. Current participants are Holy Trinity Seminary Library, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Chicago and Harvard College Library. Now librarians can submit their proposals for subject headings in electronic format. After the revision of proposals, Joanna Epstein will either contribute the subject headings to the Library of Congress or provide feedback about the proposed subject heading.
  4. Larisa Walsh talked about her experience of participating in RDA test. She observed that authority work was very liberating and at the same time presented biggest challenges as authority records’ fields expanded. The RDA guidelines for authority work are quite incomplete. She also shared some observations how RDA rules impact descriptive cataloging. Discussion on the perception of RDA and issues that came up during the test was followed:

    The participants of Resource Description and Access (RDA) testing have submitted their records to the Library of Congress. Now the US National Libraries, including the Library of Congress, will be examining the records in order to decide if US libraries will adopt RDA. At the same time, the US RDA test partners and other US librarians are conducting informal discussions about the test and difficulties encountered by them. 

    Some librarians expressed their concerns about RDA stated in Memorandum against the RDA Test by gathering signatures and some comments from librarians, which has been posted on iPetitions website (

    Autocat list serve has posted the [OCLC-CAT] Status of the US RDA Test, Part 2, where the summary of US librarians’ concerns in this regard is presented by Frank Newton, Catalog Librarian with Dover Memorial Library (

    Larisa Walsh has described how the RDA bibliographic and authority test records have been created. The RDA philosophy is based on FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Record), which helps to conceptualize relationships between information resources. RDA gets rid of AACR2 abbreviations and Latin expressions when recording specified elements, the rule of three and subfield “h” (medium designation). When creating RDA bibliographic and authority records, catalogers will enter more information about authors, copyright dates, and other descriptors, thus providing patrons with different ways to access and find sources.

    The RDA testing partners also conducted a detailed time survey spent on the creation of bibliographic and authority records, including interruptions, problems encountered, and other factors. More and more RDA records are being created because some libraries have decided to RDA after the test is over.

    University of Chicago Library and other testing partners produced and posted local documentation for RDA, and provided access to their RDA examples.( and

    Some of the RDA test partners are book vendors and publishers.

  5. It is too early to speak about editing the Slavic Cataloging Manual since decision about RDA has not been made. When the Library of Congress adopts RDA as a new cataloging set of rules, we will start updating the Slavic Cataloging Manual. There won't be many changes in the description of the cataloging rules for Slavic sources. The main changes will occur in the new references to RDA rules which will replace the existing AACR2 and LCRI rules. Special attention should be given to the LCRI 25.3A for making the uniform title in new orthography. The LCRI affects transcription of Slavic titles in old orthography, and it has not been included into RDA.

Last updated February 9, 2011