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CYAC Welcomes HACU Intern
June 22, 2011
CYAC welcomed Daniella “Danny” Ramos, an intern from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), to the program for the summer. We were very grateful to have Danny’s assistance to edit and create content for our new CYAC web site. Danny is a library graduate student at the University of Texas, Austin and considerably increased her knowledge about cataloging during her stay. The CYAC librarians happily served as a resource while she completed an evening online cataloging course required for her master’s degree. CYAC shared Danny’s services with two Spanish acquisitions sections at the Library of Congress: Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean Section and the South America Section. Danny also had the opportunity to attend meetings with senior level managers and toured different areas of the Library of Congress library based on her interests. We wish Danny well as she continues her studies in information science.
Children’s Subject Headings – Product Update
July 8, 2011
The LC Subject Headings Supplemental Vocabularies, a stand-alone print product which was published in 2009 and 2010 and included Children’s Subject Headings, was discontinued in July 2011. Children’s Subject Headings was re-incorporated into volume 1 of Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). LCSH and Children’s Subject Headings are also available through the World Wide Web interface, Classification Web.
Interview by Publisher’s Weekly of CYAC Staff Member
November 18, 2010
Ruth Polan, a senior librarian with the CYAC Program, was interviewed by Elizabeth Bluemle from the Publisher’s Weekly blog, Shelftalker, to learn more about the summaries we include in CYAC cataloging. Elizabeth always appreciated the one- or two-line book summaries on records for children’s materials in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. She found the summaries extremely helpful to confirm details about a book, such as the main character, its topic, time period, setting, and genre. She marveled how all of this information could be succinctly presented in a couple of sentences and wanted to find out more on how we provide this information. Through a children’s publisher, she contacted Ruth Polan in the CYAC Program and received answers to her questions. The complete interview is available on the November 2010 posting at: http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/shelftalker/ . It provides good background information about the summaries, or annotations, that have always been part of the CYAC Program cataloging since its inception.
Participation by Queens Public in CYAC Cataloging
We are very excited about working with the Queens Library as an ECIP Partner for the cataloging of children’s literature materials. The CYAC Program began training Queens to catalog CIP applications from specific children’s publishers. CYAC will focus the training on children’s subject cataloging as Queens is already a PCC library and familiar with descriptive cataloging procedures. Queens will create metadata for children’s books but not for any young adult titles. The ECIP Traffic Manager software was successfully set up at the Queens site and CYAC staff reviewed some of their test records. The training began on time in November 2010.
Name Change for CYAC Program
The Library of Congress, U.S. Publisher Liaison Division is pleased to announce that as of Sept. 2010 the Annotated Card Program is officially renamed the Children's and Young Adults' Cataloging (CYAC) Program. The Library of Congress initiated the Annotated Card Program in the fall of 1965 and it is one of its oldest programs. Though renamed, the program will continue to provide the same services. The new name, which now contains the word “cataloging,” better defines the activity of the program. The inclusion of “children” and “young adult” in the name specifically identifies the audience for the types of materials handled by the program.
The Children's Literature Section, under the U.S. Publisher Liaison Division, is responsible for the Children's and Young Adults' Cataloging Program. It catalogs the wide range of fiction material published for children and young adults. The records created, which include an objective and succinct summary of the book, are primarily used by publishers, school libraries, and public libraries. The section also develops new children’s subject headings, proposes changes to existing headings, monitors the policies and practices of children’s cataloging, keeps abreast of trends in children’s publishing, and responds to queries related to the cataloging of children’s and young adults’ material. The Children’s Literature Section actively participates in the American Library Association, ALCTS, Committee on Cataloging of Children’s Materials and solicits its advice and feedback when developing policy for children’s cataloging. The section will continue the services of the program under its new name, Children's and Young Adults' Cataloging Program.
If you have questions about the name change or need further information about the Children's and Young Adults' Cataloging Program, please contact Karl Debus-López, Chief, U.S. Publisher Liaison Division, by email at email@example.com.