ALA Unit/Subunit: ALCTS
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Until recently, provision of access to non-Latin script materials in library catalogs has been restricted by practices that favored converted Latin-script text over the original script and limited the number of scripts that could be used. Experimentation with new models of description and access in a linked data environment and OCLC's full implementation of Unicode in WorldCat could lead to dramatic improvements in the near future. Speakers from the Library of Congress, OCLC and Yale University will explore where we're coming from and where we're headed in an exciting period of change for access to non-Latin resources.
Karen Smith-Yoshimura, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research will speak on the history and current state of non-Latin script support in WorldCat and OCLC's future directions in this area.
Randall Barry, Chief, Asian and Middle Eastern Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library of Congress will speak on LC's experience with non-Latin script in the recent BIBFRAME pilot projects and potential data enhancement projects to prepare for a linked data environment.
Charles Riley, Librarian for African Studies, Yale University will speak on enhancements to non-Latin script access in Yale's online library catalog.
Co-sponsored by Africana Librarians Council, CORMOSEA Subcommittee on Collection Development, and ALCTS Committee on Cataloging: Asian and African Materials