This thursday, I will be attending the 1st Meeting of Philippine Experts on Cataloging at the National Library of the Philippines. This meeting aims to replicate the 4th IFLA Meeting of Experts on an International Cataloging which was earlier held in Seoul Korea.
As stated in the invitation, the goal of the meeting is to discuss cataloging practices in the different types of libraries in the Philippines, to come up with a national cataloging policy for Philippine materials if necessary.
As Von questioned in the the Filipino Librarians Google Group, who decides who the Philippine experts on cataloging are? Based on the program and invitation, there are several key speakers assigned to deliver 4 key points of the IFLA Meeting namely: ISBD, FRBR terminology and concepts, Virtual International Authority File and the Draft Statement of International Cataloging Principles. After that, another group of speakers will be reporting on cataloging practices in the different types of libraries in the Philippines. Then another group (working group leaders) will report on the summary of their discussions on various cataloging topics such as: personal names, corporate bodies, seriality issues, multipart structures, uniform titles and GMDs.
Going back to Von’s question on who decides who the experts are? and let me add my own question, who these Philippine experts on cataloging are? The speakers during the meeting? The participant/observer/listeners?
But then, this is not the reason why I am attending the said meeting on Thursday. I will discuss about it when I post my “post-meeting” post on Friday.