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At the November 2013 meeting of the PCC Policy Committee (PoCo), it was decided that December 31, 2014 will be the last date for contributing new BIBCO and CONSER records formulated according to AACR2. Starting January 1, 2015, all new PCC bibliographic record contributions must follow RDA, the BIBCO Standard Record, the CONSER Standard Record, and other PCC program guidelines for bibliographic description.

The decision was based on a survey of BIBCO and CONSER members conducted in the fall of 2013. The survey raised specific questions from members of each program. The following questions and answers reflect PCC Policy Committee decisions based on the recommendations of the PCC Standing Committee on Standards (SCS).

  1. Question: Does the last date for AACR2 bibliographic records apply to all cataloging?
  2. Answer: No, only to newly-authenticated BIBCO and CONSER records coded as PCC. See the answers to questions 3 and 4 below for special situations.    

  3. Question: If I need to edit an existing non-RDA record that is already coded PCC (e.g., to add non-roman script fields, update an incomplete multipart monograph record, update an existing CONSER record with new data, etc.), must I re-describe it and code it as RDA?
  4. Answer: It depends on the mode of issuance. For monographs and serials you may simply edit the PCC record as needed without converting to RDA. However, for integrating resources, you should convert to RDA if your edits are based on a later iteration.

  5. Question: Is conversion to RDA expected for copy cataloging? 
  6. Answer: Generally conversion of existing records to RDA is only necessary if the intent is to authenticate the record as PCC.

    Some existing "non-RDA" records for serials may be authenticated without converting to RDA. CONSER catalogers should consult the CONSER Guidelines for Working with Existing Copy (Word, 45 KB) for specific instructions.

  7. Question: Will deriving new records from PCC non-RDA records for a different format require conversion to RDA?
  8. Answer: Yes, with one exception: If deriving a new record from a PCC non-RDA record in order to describe a reproduction of that resource in a different format, it is permissible to authenticate the new record as PCC without converting it to RDA. Examples where this may occur are online serials where the description needs to be based on the print version record because of a lack of bibliographic information on the online version, as well as microform reproductions of monographs and serials.

    For all records coded as PCC, both RDA and non-RDA, the access points must be constructed according to RDA and backed by NARs.

  9. Question: What about RDA cataloging of special materials/formats which lack complete RDA documentation?
  10. Answer: The PCC RDA BIBCO Standard Record (BSR) Metadata Application profile incorporates element requirements applicable to special format materials.  CONSER members should use the RDA CONSER Standard Record (CSR) Metadata Application profile in conjunction with appropriate modules of the CONSER Cataloging Manual for special format materials. PCC members are also encouraged to follow RDA documentation which is being developed in many specialized cataloging communities.

  11. Question: Where can I get more information about the PCC RDA policies addressed in this document?
  12. Answer: BIBCO catalogers should send questions/suggestions to the BIBCO email list and/or  bibcomail@loc.gov. CONSER catalogers should send questions/suggestions to the Consrlst email list and/or conser@loc.gov.