RDA and ONIX initiative
Historic RDA Presentations
For background information on RDA see the following presentation:
[Note: This is a historic document and will not be updated.]
Amendments to AACR
AACR2 prefaces for 1978-1998 were not published in the 2002 revision and are provided here for information.
Initial work on RDA was based on the development of a product with the working title of AACR3 : Resource Description and Access. After consideration at the April 2005 meeting of the feedback from the review of the draft of part I of AACR3, the JSC decided on a change of direction.
Format Variation Working Group
During the revision of Rule 0.24, proposals were made to deal more effectively with the complexities of preparing bibliographic records that intelligibly describe work expressions and the variations among their manifestations. In 2001 the Joint Steering Committee charged an international Working Group to develop an experiment to test the practicalities associated with the creation of bibliographic records for expressions. The Group presented its first interim report in October 2001, and progress with this work was discussed at each subsequent JSC meeting. At the April 2004 meeting, the JSC thanked the FVWG for their work and discharged the Group. The JSC charged the Editor with continuing the work of the FVWG on GMDs and chapter 25.
International Conference on the Principles & Future Development of AACR
In recent years, there have been repeated calls for fundamental revisions to the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules. In 1997, the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR (JSC) sponsored an International Conference to address these issues, taking into account present and future trends in information resources and information management. The Conference reviewed the underlying principles of AACR, with a view to determining whether fundamental rule revision is appropriate and feasible and, if so, advising on the direction and nature of those revisions.
The Conference took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on October 23-25, 1997. Nine papers were presented and discussed by 53 participants.
Following the Conference, the Joint Steering Committee identified a number of action items which constituted a major part of the working agenda for the Committee from 1997 to 2002.
The Logical Structure of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules
One of the recommendations from the Toronto Conference was that a data modeling technique be used to provide a logical analysis of the principles and structures that underlie AACR. This study was carried out by Tom Delsey of the National Library of Canada, with assistance from Beth Dulabahn of the Library of Congress, Michael Heaney of Oxford University, and (for Part I) Jean Hirons of the Library of Congress. The model for both parts of AACR2 is available for review and comment. The Joint Steering Committee considered the recommendations and key issues presented in the model at their March 2000 Meeting in San Diego, California, USA
The following documents are all available in Adobe Acrobat PDF version only.
Part I (8/1998)
Part 2 (1/1999)
Revising AACR2 to Accommodate Seriality
The Joint Steering Committee charged Jean Hirons of the Library of Congress with recommending rule revisions in support of the recommendations in the paper, Issues Related to Seriality presented at the Toronto Conference by Jean Hirons and Crystal Graham.
The first result was a report containing specific recommendations, but without rule revision proposals; this report was submitted in April 1999 and considered at the
October 1999 JSC Meeting in Brisbane, Australia.
Guided by the JSC decisions, a set of rule revision proposals was prepared and submitted in February 2000 and were discussed at the September 2000 JSC Meeting in London, England. These proposals, along with comments from the constituent bodies, were reviewed at the September 2000 JSC meeting in London, England, and again at the April 2001 JSC meeting in Washington, DC. The Library of Congress representative prepared a clean version of chapter 12, and final decisions were made at the October 2001 JSC meeting. The revised chapter is included in the 2002 revision of AACR.