Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA
International Conference on the Principles & Future Development of AACR


In recent years, there have been repeated calls for fundamental revisions to the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules. The Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR (JSC) addressed these issues, taking into account present and future trends in information resources and information management. The Conference reviewed the underlying principles of AACR, with a view to determining whether fundamental rule revision is appropriate and feasible and, if so, advising on the direction and nature of those revisions.

The Conference took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on October 23-25, 1997. Nine papers were presented and discussed by 53 participants.

The conference proceedings have been published:

The principles and future of AACR : proceedings of the International Conference on the Principles and Future Development of AACR : Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 23/25, 1997 / edited by Jean Weihs. — Ottawa : Canadian Library Association ; London : Library Association Publishing ; Chicago : American Library Association, 1998. — ISBN 0-88802-287-5 (ALA); 1-85604-303-7 (LA)

Conference Papers

The conference proceedings are currently out of print. The following are the versions of the papers that were posted prior to the Conference.

AACR2 and Catalogue Production Technology: The Relevance of Cataloguing Principles to the Online Environment by Rahmatollah Fattahi (Ferdowsi University of Mashhad)

Access Points for Works by Ronald Hagler (University of British Columbia)

The Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition : Their History and Principles by Michael Gorman (California State University, Fresno) and Pat Oddy (The British Library)

Beyond MARC by Mick Ridley (University of Bradford)

Bibliographic Relationships by Sherry L. Vellucci (St. John’s University)
Bibliographic Relationships: Bibliography of Works Cited by Sherry L. Vellucci (St. John’s University)

Content versus Carrier by Lynne C. Howarth (University of Toronto)

Issues Related to Seriality by Jean Hirons (Library of Congress) and Crystal Graham (University of California, San Diego)

Modeling the Logic of AACR by Tom Delsey (National Library of Canada)

What is a Work? by Martha M. Yee (University of California, Los Angeles)

Discussion List Archives

JSC established an open electronic discussion list to facilitate an exchange of ideas on the topics and issues raised in the conference papers. This preconference discussion list ceased, effective October 31, 1997. The archives, however, are available:

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