Cataloging Children’s Materials – December 2023 Report

Part of the Metadata & Collections Section

The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Committee Work

Summary of work accomplished, decisions made, and follow-up actions determined during the past 6 months

The authors of the 6th edition of Cataloging Correctly for Kids took part in a well-attended panel at ALA Annual, moderated by the committee’s past president.

Made plans to create a LibGuide for Children and Youth cataloging to be included with other Core LibGuides. Work on this will start in spring 2024.

Discussed Core Forum and other conferences that members have or will be attending.

Discussed possible subject heading changes being suggested by the LOC, and the process used to decide on those changes.

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?

By May we will create a LibGuide for the Core website that will have a list of relevant internet and print resources for catalogers to use as a reference guide for cataloging children’s and youth materials. Our primary source for links will be the 6th edition of Cataloging Correctly for Kids, published in 2021.

 

Meets Core’s strategic goals for Career Building and Recognition, Membership and Value to Members

How did your work contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, or belonging within Core or the library profession? What areas of improvement do you see for your committee or Core in these areas?

The panel discussion helped spread awareness of Core and cataloging to a wider audience within ALA.

We could use a more diverse membership within the committee.


Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
The members of the panel discussion have discussed creating a short webinar or talk based on their work that could be presented to Core and ALA members online.


Additional comments or concerns:
We are having difficulty recruiting new members and finding members willing to be chair or vice-chair. If we cannot find anyone to step into these roles in the coming year, it is possible that the committee will become inactive, or will need to be changed to an interest group.

Submitted by Hope Rider on 12/19/2023

Cataloging Children’s Materials – May 2023 Report

Part of the Metadata & Collections Section

The group met 0 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Had our ALA Annual Conference educational program proposal entitled "Cataloging Correctly
for Kids:" The Basics of Cataloging Materials for Young People" accepted. Certain Committee members emailed and met twice with the 3 speakers over the past 5 months to discuss the program outline, content, technical needs, etc.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Career Building and Recognition

Second Activity
Committee member Vanessa Dwyer volunteered to serve as representative to CC:DA; some discussion on ALA Connect about surprising or inflammatory subject headings in records for juvenile materials; continuing to recruit a new Chair and new members on Connect, listservs, and the Facebook group Troublesome Catalogers and Magical Metadata Fairies.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Value to Members

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
Executing ALA Annual conference program and in-person meeting successfully; recruiting new Chair and new members; giving feedback to and/or collaborating with other groups such as Library of Congress CYAC Program, GNCRT, and the LC Genre/Form Term Advisory Group; updating and migrating ALCTS Cataloging of Children's Materials Committee "Resources for Catalogers of Children's Materials" webpage (tentative).

Is there anything Core could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
More support in securing new Chair and additional members.

Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
New and continuously-updated webpage our committee will curate (tentative): Resources for Catalogers of
Children's and Youth Materials.

Additional comments or concerns:
What happens in the event we do not have a new Chair to begin in July?

Submitted by Melissa Freiley on 05/26/2023

Cataloging Children’s Materials – December 2023 Report

Part of the Metadata & Collections Section

The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Determined officers (Chair/Vice-Chair); recruited new members and retained former members; determined Diversity & Inclusion Committee liaison.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Value to Members

Second Activity
Collaborated on an ALA 2023 Annual Conference program proposal based on the 2021 ALA Editions book Cataloging Correctly for Kids: An Introduction to the Tools and Practices, Sixth Edition: "Cataloging Correctly for Kids:" The Basics of Cataloging Materials for Young People, which was approved for presentation by Core Conference Program Coordination Committee in November 2022. Three chapter authors/editors will present on their chapter topic(s) and answer questions, and our Past Chair will be Moderator.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Career Building and Recognition

Third Activity
Held 3 productive, hour-long meetings in which we discussed the past year's accomplishments; committee goals for this year; how to recruit new members; submitting a 2023 ALA Annual Conference program proposal; responding or giving feedback to–or collaborating with–other groups, such as Library of Congress Children's and Young Adults' Cataloging Program (CYAC) Tentative Subject Lists, the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table (GNCRT) documents, and the Subject Analysis committee (SAC) proposals; and the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) Statement on the Metadata Rights of Libraries.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Value to Members

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
ALA 2023 Annual Conference program; recruiting new members and retaining current members; giving feedback to and/or collaborating with other groups such as Library of Congress CYAC Program and GNCRT; updating and migrating ALCTS Cataloging of Children's Materials Committee "Resources for Catalogers of Children's Materials" webpage (tentative).

Is there anything Core could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Help navigating ALA hierarchy and terms; linked glossary of terms and acronyms; email listserv?

Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
New and continuously-updated webpage our committee will curate (tentative): Resources for Catalogers of Children's and Youth Materials.

Additional comments or concerns:
Thank you for your help, Jenny Levine and Brooke Morris-Chott!

Submitted by Melissa Freiley on 01/09/2023