Wednesday, July 22, 2009

News from OCLC

On August 16, 2009, OCLC plans to implement the changes related to the OCLC-MARC Bibliographic, Authority, and Holdings Formats Update 2009. This will include MARC 21 Updates No. 8 (October 2007) and No. 9 (October 2008), MARC Code List changes since July 2008, and user and OCLC staff suggestions. OCLC Technical Bulletin 257, which presents the details, is now available. Among the points of interest:
  • Defining Videorecording 007/04 (subfield $e) code "s" for Blu-ray Discs.
  • Linking ISSNs (ISSN-L) in bibliographic, authority, and holdings fields 022.
  • Changing field 041 to separately subfield subtitles/captions for moving images (subfield $j).
  • Validating codes for subfield $2 in field 047 (musical form) and 048 (medium of performance) for the respective code lists maintained by IAML (International Association of Music Libraries).
  • Implementing two new Dewey fields: 083 (Additional Dewey Decimal Classification Number) and 085 (Synthesized Classification Number Components).
  • Implementing the repeatable 260 field.
  • Making field 440 obsolete and converting appropriate 4XX/8XX combinations.
  • Defining new subfields in field 502 for dissertation details (degree, school, date, etc.).
  • Implementing new field 542 for Information Relating to Copyright Status.
  • Implementing subfield $0 (zero) for the Authority Record Control Number in 28 bibliographic fields and three authority fields.
Appropriate data conversions will begin following the August installation. Please note that new capabilities, new elements, and new practices cannot be used until after the August installation. See TB 257 for additional details.

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