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Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules Governance

The publication of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR) is governed by the Committee of Principals, which coordinates three subordinate groups: The Co-Publishers of AACR, The Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR, and The AACR Fund Committee (Trustees).

The Committee of Principals

The Committee of Principals comprises the CEOs/Directors (or designates) of the three national associations (the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), and the Directors (or designates) of the Library of Congress, Library and Archives Canada, the National Library of Australia, and the British Library.

The Committee of Principals is responsible for all policies and programs relating to the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, the publication of revisions and new editions, and the affairs of its subordinate bodies.

In this capacity, the Committee of Principals oversees the publication of the AACR, reviews developments and progress of the Joint Steering Committee, reviews the state and application of the AACR Fund, determines future programs of work for the Joint Steering Committee, and determines all questions of constitution, terms of reference and conduct of the Joint Steering Committee and Trustees.

The Co-Publishers

The three national Associations hold the copyright to AACR as well as derivative works authorized by the Committee of Principals. The three associations therefore serve as publisher for the work created by the Joint Steering Committee.

The Joint Steering Committee

The Joint Steering Committee is responsible for reviewing the need for revisions and consolidations of AACR, preparing the text of any such revisions, and advising the Principals and the AACR Fund Committee on programs and activities appropriate for the receipt of financial support from the AACR Fund. The Joint Steering Committee is the authority for providing updates to the Rules. It comprises six members, one each appointed by the following organizations:

  • The American Library Association
  • The British Library
  • The Canadian Committee on Cataloguing
    (Association pour l’avancement des sciences et des techniques de la documentation, The Canadian Library Association, Library and Archives Canada)
  • The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  • The Australian Committee on Cataloguing
    (The Australian Library and Information Association, The National Library of Australia)
  • The Library of Congress

The AACR Fund Committee (Trustees)

The AACR Fund receives royalties from the sale of AACR2 and other authorized publications and generates interest on the royalty revenues. It discharges its functions in such a way as to maximize accrual within the Fund, advise the Principals on appropriate uses of the AACR Fund, and report significant developments arising in the administration of the Fund to the Principals. It comprises representatives from the three associations.

AACR Governance Structure

Governance Structure

Committee of Principals
The American Library Association Mary Ghikas Senior Associate Executive Director
The Canadian Library Association Kelly Moore Executive Director
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Sue Brown, Chair  
The Library of Congress Beacher J. E. Wiggins Director for Cataloging
Library and Archives Canada Ingrid Parent Director General of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Services

The National Library of Australia

Pamela Gatenby Assistant  Director-General, Collections Management Division 
The British Library Caroline Brazier Head of Collection Acquisition and Description
 
Co-Publishers:
The American Library Association Don Chatham Associate Executive Director, Publishing Services
The Canadian Library Association Judy Green

Manager, Marketing and Communications

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Helen Carley Publishing Director, Facet Publishing
 
The Joint Steering Committee:
The American Library Association John Attig Authority Control Librarian, University Libraries,
Pennsylvania State University
The British Library Alan Danskin

Metadata and Bibliographic Standards Coordinator, The British Library

The Canadian Committee on Cataloguing Margaret Stewart, Chair Manager, Standards, Library and Archives Canada
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Hugh Taylor Head, Collection Development and Description, Cambridge University Library
The Australian Committee on Cataloguing Deirdre Kiorgaard

Director, Serials Collection Management and Standards, National Library of Australia

The Library of Congress Dr. Barbara B. Tillett

Chief, Policy and Standards Division, Library of Congress

 
Current representatives for the Trustees of the AACR Fund are as follows:
The American Library Association Don Chatham Associate Executive Director, Publishing Services
The Canadian Library Association Judy Green

Manager, Marketing and Communications

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Helen Carley Publishing Director, Facet Publishing
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