Thursday, March 01, 2007

Additions to the MARC Country and Geographic Area Code Lists

As the result of both Montenegro and Serbia declaring independence from the state union of Serbia and Montenegro in June 2006, new country and geographic area codes have been defined for use in MARC records.

1. MARC country code changes

The new country codes are:
  • rb - Serbia
  • mo - Montenegro
Both were previously coded "yu" for Serbia and Montenegro from 1992-April 2007. Prior to October 1992, "yu" was used for Yugoslavia, which included the Socialist republics of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia.

The country code "yu" will become obsolete for new records.

2. MARC geographic area code changes

The new geographic area codes are:
  • e-rb - Serbia
  • e-mo - Montenegro
Yugoslavia [e-yu] will be retained for works on Yugoslavia as a whole (including the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) and former Yugoslav republics before they separated.

Subscribers can anticipate receiving MARC records reflecting these changes in all distribution services not earlier than April 28, 2007.

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