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Online Newsletter of the Cataloging Directorate, Library of Congress

Volume 4, No. 9, ISSN 1066-8829, June 1996


LC at ALA New York

MARBI at ALA New York

PCC Participants Discussion Group

U.S. ISSN Center Home Page


LC at ALA New York

ALCTS Cataloging & Classification Section Preconference. DDC21: Dewey for the 21st Century. July 5, 8:00 am-5:30 pm, Plaza, Baroque Room. Presenters: Julianne Beall, Winton Matthews, Gregory New.

ALCTS Technical Services Directors of Large Research Libraries. July 5, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Javits Convention Center 1E4. LC representatives: Winston Tabb, Beacher Wiggins.

CCS SAC Subcommittee on Authority File Changes. July 5, 2:00-4:00 pm, Javits Convention Center 1A5. LC liaison: Tom Yee.

CCS SAC Subcommittee on Access to Computer Files. July 5, 9:30 am- 12:30 pm, Javits Convention Center 1B2. LC representative: Norma Hendrickson.

CCS SAC Subcommittee on Form Headings/Subdivisions Implementation. July 5, 8:00-10:00 pm, Sheraton New York, Liberty Suites 1 & 2; and July 8, 8:30-11:00 am, Renaissance New York, Salon A&B. LC liaison: Tom Yee.

CCS SAC Subcommittee on Subject Relationships/Reference Structures. July 6, 8:00-11:00 am, Javits Convention Center, 2D4. LC liaison: Lynn El-Hoshy.

CCS SAC Subcommittee to Revise Fiction Guidelines. July 6, 9:30 am- 12:30 pm, Hotel InterContinental, South Parlor. LC representative: Jerry Wager.

Public Library Association. Cataloging Needs of Public Libraries. July 6, 9:30-11:00 am, Javits Convention Center 2D11. LC representative: Winton Matthews.

CCS Policy & Research Committee. July 6, 2:00-4:00 pm. Javits Convention Center 2D13. LC representative: Beacher Wiggins.

CCS Principles Underlying Subject Heading Languages Committee. July 6, 2:00-4:00 pm, Manhattan Crowne Plaza 404. LC representative: Julianne Beall.

CCS CC:DA (Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access). July 6, 2:00-5:30 pm, Doral Inn, Ballroom; and July 8, 8:00 am-12:30 pm, Manhattan Crowne Plaza, Act IV. LC liaison: Barbara Tillett.

CCS Committee on Cataloging: Asian and African Materials. July 7, 9:30-11:00 am, Millennium Broadway 5.07; and July 8, 2:00-4:00 pm, Doral Inn, Crystal Room A. LC presenters: John Byrum, Winton Matthews.

ALCTS Computer Files Discussion Group. July 7, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Sheraton New York, New York Ballroom B. LC report: Norma Hendrickson. CONSER report: Regina Reynolds.

PARS Intellectual Access Committee. Digital Preservation: Building an Access Infrastructure. July 7, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Waldorf- Astoria, Hilton Room. LC representative: Jean Hirons.

CCS Subject Analysis Committee. July 7, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Sheraton New York, Liberty Suite 5; and July 8, 2:00-4:00 pm, Manhattan Crowne Plaza, Act IV. LC liaison: Lynn El-Hoshy.

CCS Copy Cataloging Discussion Group: New Innovations in Cataloging, Part IV. July 7, 2:00-4:00 pm, Doral Inn, Crystal Room C-D. LC representative: Beacher Wiggins. Demo of LC cataloging automation: David Williamson.

CCS Cataloging of Children's Materials Committee. July 7, 2:00-5:30 pm, Javits Convention Center 2D11. LC liaison: Jane Marton.

CIP Advisory Group. July 7, 4:30-5:30 pm, Doral Inn, Crystal Room. Chair: John Celli.

PCC Participants Group. July 7, 7:00-9:00 pm, Waldorf Astoria, Hilton Room. LC presenters: Sarah Thomas, John Byrum, Ann Della Porta.

Overseas Operations Cooperative Acquisitions Program Meeting. July 7, 7:00-9:00 pm, Sheraton New York, Versailles Ballroom.

ALCTS Awards Presentation & Membership Meeting. July 8, 9:30-10:00 am. New York Hilton, Trianon Ballroom. Recipient of Bowker/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award: Jean Hirons.

LITA/ALCTS Microcomputer in Support of Technical Services Interest Group. July 8, 9:30 am-12:30 pm. Javits Convention Center 1E 15-16. "Online Documentation for Technical Services:" David Williamson.

SS Committee to Study Serials Cataloging. July 8, 2:00-4:00 pm, Javits Convention Center 1E6. LC report: Regina Reynolds.

The Library's exhibit booth number is 1944.

MARBI at ALA New York

MARBI documents for the upcoming July MARBI meetings have been made available through the MARC page (

PROPOSAL NO. 96-7; NAME: Changes to FTP File Label Specifications for Electronic Files of USMARC Records; URL:

PROPOSAL NO. 96-8; NAME: CAN/MARC Changes for MARC Format Alignment; URL: to

PROPOSAL NO. 96-9; NAME: Enhancements to Field 007 (Map) for Remote Sensing Images in the Bibliographic and Holdings Formats.

DISCUSSION PAPER NO. 96; NAME: Defining a Uniform Resource Name Field in the USMARC Bibliographic Format; URL:

DISCUSSION PAPER NO. 97; NAME: Coding Digital Items in Leader/06 (Type of record) in the USMARC Bibliographic Format; URL:


The URL for the MARC home page is: Proposals and Discussion papers are listed under MARC Advisory Committee and then by year initiated (proposals).

To access through LC MARVEL, gopher to Proposals and discussion papers are listed under "Libraries and Publishers (Technical Services)", "USMARC Standards", "MARBI Proposals and Discussion Papers". Select either "1995 MARBI Proposals" or "1996 MARBI Proposals" (depending upon proposal numbering), or "MARBI Discussion Papers".

PCC Participants Discussion Group

The PCC Participants Discussion Group (formerly LC Cooperative Cataloging Discussion Group) will meet on Sunday night July 7th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Hilton Room at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. This year's program will feature a presentation on "New Alternatives to the Traditional: NACO and BIBCO enter a New Age of Contributions" by Michael Kaplan, Head, Database Management, and Coordinator for OCLC/RLIN Operations at the Widener Library, Harvard University; Glenn Patton, Manager, Project Implementation Section, OCLC, Inc., and David Williamson, Senior Cooperative Cataloger, Library of Congress. They will review traditional methods of record contribution, followed by a showcase of some new alternatives such as LC Clipsearch, OCLC OML, along with a glimpse of future possibilities such as OCLC Phase 2 batch-loading and real-time copy/paste.

The program will also include an overview of the responsibilities of fully independent members of the PCC, a brief discussion of the new PCC/CONSER proposal to join forces where appropriate, the expanded operations role in the PCC, and an awards ceremony (Sarah Thomas, acting director of Public Service Collections, LC); the LC Coop Team report by Ann Della Porta (LC), and the CONSER report from the CONSER liaison, Sue Phillips (University of Texas--Austin). An agenda for the PCC Participants Discussion Group will be posted prior to ALA. For more information on the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, and NACO, SACO, and BIBCO, please contact Ann Della Porta, Cooperative Cataloging Team Leader, Library of Congress (email: [email protected] or (202) 707-7920).

U.S. ISSN Center Home Page

The National Serials Data Program recently announced its home page on the World Wide Web:

The page features both a downloadable and an interactive ISSN application form. Initially, the interactive form will only be used for electronic publications, because online publications can most easily accommodate the requirement that the form be accompanied by a representation of the publication or an electronic address. Use of the form is limited to U.S. publishers since NSDP can assign ISSN only to serials published in the United States. However, the page also includes a link to the ISSN International Centre's Web site, a site that includes addresses of all centers in the ISSN Network and links to those centers with online sites.

The U.S. center's page also includes the text of NSDP's printed ISSN Is for Serials brochure, a frequently asked questions (FAQ) list, special instructions about ISSN for electronic serials, and the text of the brochure, What's in a Name? developed by the Serials Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association. This brochure contains guidelines on the presentation of titles, title changes, numbering, bar coding, and other areas of interest to serial publishers. The page concludes with links to related resources for serial publishers.

NSDP staff are looking forward to publishers' use of the interactive application form because the form is linked to a conversion program that will enable a cataloger to convert the data supplied by the publisher into a preliminary catalog record, ready for editing and the addition of an ISSN and specialized data by the cataloger.


The Library of Congress with the MARC and SGML (standard general markup language) communities have recently developed a MARC document type definition (DTD) to assure standardized representation of MARC data in SGML. A small group of MARC and SGML experts developed the working principles last fall and completed the DTD in April 1996.

Columbia University began an experiment earlier this year using an earlier version of the DTD. The university will continue the experiment while the DTD is undergoing review from comments being received over the summer.

LC's Network Development and MARC Standards Office (NDMSO) will maintain the MARC DTD in synchronization with the MARC formats so that full convertibility is upheld. NDMSO plans to mount a section on the MARC home page with MARC mapping to include information on the MARC/SGML mapping.

There will be software freely available for easy conversion between the two structures for MARC data. NDMSO plans to make a conversion program available through the MARC home page.

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