Action Plan, 2015-2016
Objectives of IFLA Cataloguing section 2015-16
An important task of the IFLA Cataloguing section (CATS) is to serve the purpose of Universal Bibliographic Control (UBC) by developing, managing and contributing to standards within and outside of IFLA. Some of the IFLA standards are linked directly to CATS, as the review groups responsible for them are assigned by the CATS Standing Committee (CATS SC). In its UBC work CATS rely on cooperation with its sister sections Bibliography and Classification and indexing. Another important collaboration partner is the IFLA Committee on standards.
- The first objective of 2015-2016 is to establish a common understanding on the IFLA UBC standards. What type of standard they are, how they interrelate, and/or are dependent on each other.
- The second objective is to work towards consolidation and alignment of existing IFLA standards.
- The third objective is to manage and update existing IFLA standards to promote their use.
- The fourth objective is to continue to strengthen the cooperation with other IFLA UBC Sections, among them the Bibliography Section and the Classification and indexing Section.
The first three objectives all fall within the scope of the first IFLA strategic direction 2016-2021: “Libraries in society”. They are also closely tied to key initiative 1.4: “[promote] IFLA standards to support libraries in the provision of services to their communities”. The key initiative text goes on to state that this is achieved by “developing and continuously updating IFLA Standards and Guidelines, promoting their uptake by libraries worldwide”.
The fourth objective also serves Key initiative 1.4, albeit more indirectly. It is also tied to Key initiative 1.3 (“Building on the IFLA Trend Report”). The IFLA Trend Report (first published 2013) showed that a strengthened and reinvented concept of UBC (“UBC Next generation”) has a more important role to play than ever. A better understanding and strategic use of UBC will help the community to meet and make most of the trends identified in the report. One example is the first trend listed: “New Technologies will both expand and limit who has access to information.” In the vast amount of data available, qualitative and structured metadata is what enables navigation, source criticism, and understanding of the context. The library brand in itself will help label information as reliable, but the main tools of information literacy are metadata and standards. A shared understanding of what metadata and UBC can mean will help IFLA form an UBC strategy that makes use of the opportunities the trends bring us, instead of only handling the risks and threats.
Last update: 25 April 2016