The ALA-LC Romanization tables are developed jointly by the Library of Congress (LC) and the American Library Association (ALA). Romanization schemes enable the cataloging of foreign language materials. Romanized cataloging in turn supports circulation, acquisitions, serials check-in, shelflisting, shelving, and reference, particularly in library catalogs that are unable to display non-roman alphabet information.
The ALCTS Committee on Cataloging: Asian and African Materials (CC:AAM) recently received and reviewed proposals for new Kazakh (in Arabic script) and Manchu romanization tables, as well as a revision proposal for the Lepcha romanization table. All three tables were approved.
The Kazakh (in Arabic script), Lepcha, and Manchu romanization tables are now available for downloading from the ALA-LC Romanization Tables webpage.
Please direct any questions about romanization tables to Bruce Johnson, Policy and Standards Division (firstname.lastname@example.org).