We’ve been absent from the blogosphere the last two weeks, caught up in a swirl of preparations for the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. On Saturday, January 20, we held the Dewey Breakfast/Update at ALA Midwinter. I kicked things off with Dewey Hot Topics, a quick review of several editorial initiatives. We introduced our plans for the proposed Dewey Training Program (and met with a panel of library educators immediately following the breakfast to review several draft modules in detail). We briefly discussed our collaboration with Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB) to review the treatment of Dewey classification information across the MARC 21 formats. We met with colleagues from DNB later that same day to discuss several issues in detail—watch for a MARBI discussion paper on the representation of DDC information in the MARC 21 formats at the ALA Annual Conference in June 2007. We also presented a status report on the proposed guidelines for Dewey numbers in authority files (for more information, see the September 2006 discussion paper and earlier post on the topic). Finally, the "hot topics" included an update on the proposed changes to the captions at T1—08 (History and description with respect to kinds of persons) and T1—092 (Persons) to “Groups of people” and “Biography,” respectively.
Juli followed with a description of current translation projects and the underlying principles that guide Dewey translations. Michael Panzer (pictured left), University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, wrapped up the session with a review of post-translation Dewey activities in Germany. Michael discussed approaches to mapping in the MACS and CrissCross projects, and the implications of the expanded use of Dewey in the German national bibliography.