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The Library of Congress has recently entered into a cooperative project with OCLC to receive and distribute corrected name authority records for jurisdictions that will add 043 fields (Geographic Area Code) and 781 fields (Subdivision Linking Entry--Geographical Subdivision). It is expected that OCLC will be enhancing between 80,000 and 90,000 records with this project. The records will flow through the normal NACO contribution and distribution streams in weekday batches that may reach 5,000 records per day and larger weekend batches.

Starting the first week of February, 2006, MDS-Names subscribers should expect a steady flow of these corrected records over the upcoming weeks until all records have been re-distributed.

Any questions regarding the data content of these records can be directed to:

Cataloging Policy and Support Office
email: cpso@loc.gov

February 6, 2006