National Library of Australia

Teleconference 4 September 2012

Present: Kevin Marsh (ALIA/JSC Rep), Ebe Kartus (ALIA), Deirdre Kiorgaard (NLA), Catherine Argus (NLA/Chair), Robert Walls (NLA), Anne Robertson (EPC Representative),

Rebecca Gibbs (Minutes)

Apologies: David Wells (ALIA)

Start time: 1:30pm (EST)

Welcome and apologies

Apologies from David  

Minutes of previous meeting and business arising

Minutes were accepted and outstanding action items noted

ACOC Draft Responses to JSC Proposals

ACOC endorsed draft responses to the following proposals










JSC Proposals

The following proposals were discussed and assigned to ACOC members to respond



ACOC generally supports the intent of the proposal however has concerns with recommendation 8 which will be outlined in the response



ACOC’s position is that instructions should be applicable for all countries.  Having exceptions for places, such as Malaysia, does not sit well for an international, consistent standard



ACOC generally supports the proposal. There are concerns with new wording at B “...numbering not considered significant” as this may not useful or clear for cataloguers



ACOC supports the recommendations but in Recommendation C disagrees with the removal of the term “eye-readable” in the alternative at



ACOC supports the intention of this proposal but has reservations about the proposed wording at and the grouping of content types at



ACOC generally supports this proposal but has concerns with use of term “text”, which is limiting.  There is also disagreement regarding the use of square brackets in examples as RDA is not intended to prescribe punctuation.


Unallocated JSC Proposals

The following proposals have not been discussed


  • ALA/12 and ALA/14 – music proposals
  • ALA/15
  • BL/9

Plan for Future Teleconferences

ACOC set out a plan for coming teleconferences to ensure coverage of all proposals

Update on RDA Training

Catherine advised that places on the three courses are close to being full.  An additional course has been scheduled for 26-28 November.  Priority was given to 1) Educators and training agents; 2) Large libraries and 3) Others.  Letters have been sent to those in the third category advising they are unlikely to be offered a place

Next Teleconference

Teleconferences are scheduled for 11th and 17th September.


Meeting closed 2:58pm.