Database Standards Committee
October 2, 2002
The meeting began at 9:10 a.m. Present were Mary Bissey , Karen Hackman, Joanne Kelly, Merdy Smith, Mary Wilkes Towner , and Lucy Webb.
The minutes of the September 10, 2002 Database Standards Committee meeting were approved with the addition of Lucy Webb as attending the meeting.
Members of the committee reviewed the Understanding MARC Bibliographic: Machine-Readable Cataloging document, clarifying points as needed. Lucy handed out an article on XML and Digital Librarians by Peter Jacso. Mary Towner mentioned articles that she had found on metadata and Dublin Core; she will email members with information about the articles. Merdy handed out examples of MARC records for the same title in various formats (book, sound recording, video recording) and the committee reviewed them, noting the MARC fields used in various formats, how different information was recorded in the same MARC fields, etc. Merdy also handed out a web page printout, MARC to Dublin Core Crosswalk (February 2001, Network Development and MARC Standards Office, Library of Congress).
Using these documents and The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set document from the last meeting, the committee began experimenting with understanding where different MARC fields might be placed in a Dublin Core record. It became clear that while the Library of Congress (LC) document may be a good basis on which we could build, it does not address all of the situations that LTLS experiences in cataloging. One example of this is the use of Childrenšs Subject Headings (650 1) at LTLS; the LC crosswalk document does not mention 650 1 (or indicators 3-7) at all. Because LTLS now allows limited 690s, these would need to be mapped to Dublin Core. Another example of a limitation of the LC crosswalk is that it addresses 520s only when there is an indicator of 3.
The committee agreed that we wish to continue to follow national/international standards and we believe that these standards will be developed for a crosswalk between MARC and Dublin Core. The committee believes it is premature for the committee to develop a detailed mapping from MARC to Dublin Core at this time when standards are still being developed. The committee will continue to monitor the development of these standards and continue to watch for any information on how other libraries are using Dublin Core.
Mary Towner will email members a draft of the proposed policy regarding thesauri. Committee members will send their comments to Mary Towner.
Karen surveyed her libraries about their use of Accelerated Readers and whether or not they had a cooperative exchange of information about AR with the local public library. She will email the results to committee members. The committee thought a flyer explaining what AR is, etc. might still be beneficial to school and public libraries. It was also suggested that a workshop about cooperation between school and public libraries might be beneficial (ideals for working together, bibliographies, reading programs, what to communicate to public libraries regarding homework assignments, etc.). Merdy will pass this workshop suggestion on to Amy.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:33 a.m.
Prepared by Merdy Smith