Held in Washington, D.C., USA, November 4-8, 2013
The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) met at American Library Association Washington Office, in Washington, D.C., USA, from November 4-8, 2013. Troy Linker and James Hennelly, representing ALA Publishing, also attended; eleven other observers also attended the public sessions of the meeting.
The JSC welcomed Kathy Glennan, the new representative from the American Library Association. Dave Reser, the representative from the Library of Congress since December 2012, attended his first JSC meeting as a representative.
Barbara Tillett completed her term as JSC Chair at the end of the meeting. Gordon Dunsire is the new Chair of JSC.
The next meeting of the JSC is tentatively scheduled for the first week in November 2014 in Washington, D.C.
This is a summary of the main outcomes of the JSC meeting. Further information about JSC’s activity and the development of RDA will be found in the annual report for 2013.
The JSC discussed 48 proposals and discussion papers plus the responses to those documents. The documents represented a wide diversity of topics and included submissions from the JSC RDA Examples Group and the JSC RDA Music Joint Working Group in addition to cataloging communities beyond the JSC (the European RDA Interest Group (EURIG), the ISBD Review Group, and the ISSN Network).
Changes to RDA approved by the JSC during the meeting will appear in the RDA Toolkit in the April 2014 update. Documents, labeled as “Sec final” versions, of approved proposals will be posted on the JSC public web site during January 2014. JSC members will respond to the non-JSC communities who submitted proposals and discussion papers. A table listing the JSC decisions/actions for all proposals and discussion papers will be posted on the web site in January 2014. Some of the major decisions taken are summarized below.
Rationalization of instructions relating to particular content types:
Development of the RDA element set and vocabularies:
Clarification of instructions:
Deborah Fritz and Troy Linker attended the meeting via an Internet connection, using GoToMeeting software, to participate in the discussion of a paper Deborah had prepared with Barbara Tillett regarding missing elements.
The JSC will establish three new working groups on the following topics: the RDA/ONIX framework, places, and technical matters. Gordon Dunsire will also be the liaison to ALA Publishing’s technical implementation committee.
A EURIG member will be added to the RDA Joint Music Working Group and the JSC’s RDA/ONIX Framework Working Group.
Date posted: 11 December 2013
Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) November 2013:
Left to right: Bill Leonard (Canadian Committee on Cataloguing), Alan Danskin (British Library), Kevin Marsh (Australian Committee on Cataloguing), Barbara Tillett (JSC Chair), Judy Kuhagen (JSC Secretary), Kathy Glennan (American Library Association), Dave Reser (Library of Congress), Gordon Dunsire (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), Christine Frodl (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek)