ESS Slavic Cataloging and Metadata Committee

Purpose & Origins


The SCM Committee studies and disseminates information about cataloging, metadata and classification of Slavic and East European materials in the online environment, and advises on and develops best practices for Slavic cataloging. The committee sponsors the administration of the Slavic Cataloging Listserv, SlavCat-list, which serves as a platform for the discussion of issues related to Slavic cataloging and metadata and is open to all.

The Committee also administers two important tools for Slavic catalogers:

SLAVIC CATALOGING MANUAL : outlines and explains best practices for descriptive and subject cataloging of Slavic materials and related authority work based on the current cataloging standard – RDA

SLAVIC SUBJECT AUTHORITY FUNNEL : promotes and facilitates the creation of subject authority records for all subjects relating to the cataloging of Slavic materials. The funnel provides a framework for proposing new subject headings for inclusion in Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and new classification numbers for Library of Congress Classification (LCC). See Slavic Funnel Instructions

Current projects include:

  • Updates to Joel Hahn’s list of OCLC Transliteration Macros (see 2023 and 2023 Minutes)
  • Best Practices for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Materials for PCC Guidelines on Special Coding Practices for non-Latin script references
  • Call for volunteers: Task Force on Recommendations for Use of ISO639-3 Language Codes for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Languages

Past projects include:

Past projects of the SEES SCM/ABC Committee:

Current Leadership & Members

  • Lana Soglasnova (Chair, July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)
  • Cammeron Girvin (Member, July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2025)
  • Milan Pohontsch (Member, July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024)
  • Larisa Walsh (Member, July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2025)
  • Geoffrey W. Husic (Member, July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)
  • Maria Gorbunova (Member, July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2025)

See ACRL website for previous years’ committee membership.

Agendas and Minutes

See Slavic & Eastern European Discussion Group page for previous years’ minutes of the Slavic Cataloging and Metadata (SCM) Committee and Automated Bibliographic Control (ABC) Committee meetings. All SEES committee minutes were combined into one document 1998-2020.