Terms of Reference
29 February 2001
During the revision of AACR2 Rule 0.24 two separate aspects of that rule in need of attention have been
identified: the multiple characteristics aspect and the format variation aspect.
A proposal for revising the rule to deal more effectively with issues associated with multiple characteristics
has been approved by JSC. Other proposals for revising the rule to deal more effectively with format variation issues have foundered upon the complexities of preparing bibliographic records that intelligibly describe work expressions and their various bibliographic relationships.
The JSC Format Variation Working Group is charged to develop an experiment to test the practicalities associated with the creation of bibliographic records for expressions. Using as the basis for its work the JSC papers
4JSC/ALA/30 and 4JSC/ALA/30/Chair follow-up, and the various responses to these papers,
the Working Group should employ a proof of concept approach to identifying the practical issues associated with creating bibliographic records based on expressions. Specifically, the Working Group should determine whether:
- Expression-based cataloguing is viable;
- The bibliographic records that result from such cataloguing are intelligible to catalogue users;
- There is a cooperative will to implement such an approach to cataloguing in the not-too-distant future.
The Working Group will comprise representatives from JSC constituencies and other appropriate bodies.
Chair: Jennifer Bowen, Head of Cataloging, University of Rochester and Head of Technical Services, Eastman School of Music
Timeline: Interim report by September 2001, final report by April 2002