Friday, June 03, 2011

Final Two MARBI Papers Available for Review

Proposal 2011-08: Treatment of Controlled Lists of Terms for Carrier Characteristics in RDA in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format

Proposal 2011-12: Defining Subfield $q for an Assigning Agency in Field 084 (Other Classification Number) of the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format

The updated MARBI ALA Annual Conference 2011 agenda is available at:

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

MARC Update No. 12 is Ready for Local Print

In 2008, updates of both the full and concise MARC 21 Formats were made available online and the principle was established that the online is the version of record for the formats and the print a byproduct that is produced after the online version. Taking this into consideration, along with the decreasing demand for print, the Network Development and MARC Standards Office has decided to no longer print and sell updates to the full versions of the MARC 21 Bibliographic, Authority, Holdings, Classification, and Community Information Formats. Instead, NDMSO has developed a stylesheet that removes characteristics of an online page when it is printed -- such as breadcrumbs, extraneous links and text -- so that it resembles the print version formerly sold by CDS.

Users who want a print of changed fields will be able to print them from the Format web pages. Eventually all fields will be printable in this manner, but for now only Update 12 fields have been conditioned for improved printing. Changes to the MARC 21 Formats that resulted from Update No. 12 (October 2010) are displayed in red print. The online documentation will incorporate a print guide for an update as part of the "Format Changes" Appendix found in each format's table of contents page.

Please note that the MARC 21 Concise Format document will continue to be printed and it will consist of the Bibliographic, Authority, and Holdings formats. The 2011 edition will be available in the last quarter of 2011.

The following sections and fields were changed in Update No. 12 and should be printed to keep a print copy of the MARC 21 Formats up-to-date: