Friday, March 31, 2006

Authority Records

News from OCLC regarding notification of authority records with death dates added.

The Library of Congress recently announced a change in policy about adding death dates to personal name heading and a revision to the LCRI for AACR2 rule 22.17 that allows the option for catalogers to add death dates to personal name headings with open dates.

Both the Library of Congress and OCLC are aware that many libraries will be very interested in incorporating these changes into their catalogs. Libraries that use authority control services for ongoing processing will receive these changes as part of their normal workflows but, for other libraries, OCLC is providing an alerting service to announce headings to which death dates have been added. The alerting service is being offered as both an RSS feed and in an HTML version.

The new RSS feed is available online. To learn how to subscribe to RSS feeds, see the RSS Feeds and Podcasts page on the OCLC web site and follow the instructions on the right side of the page in the section labeled "How do I add a feed?". This page also includes links to information about selecting newsreaders.

To view the HTML version, go to the Closed Dates in Authority Records page on the OCLC web site and select one of the weekly entries from the list.

Headings containing diacritics and special characters may not display correctly in the RSS feed version. Diacritics and special characters will display correctly in the HTML version provided the font, ALA BT Courier, is installed on the computer being used. Please use Internet Explorer for best results when viewing this font. This is a temporary situation while a better solution is being worked on.

Lists for each week since the new policy went into effect on February 1 are now available. A list of newly changed headings will be added once each week in the future.

Staff in OCLC's Quality Control Section are giving priority to making these heading changes in WorldCat.

Thanks OCLC. I'm subscribing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It makes me feel better when they tell me up front that that silly solution for non-ascii chars is a temporary solution and their working on something better. I can accept bad solutions better when I know the implementers realize it's a bad solution and are doing their best to get something better.