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MDS Technical Notice

April 20, 2007

Bibliographic records distributed by CDS will no longer have a record status set to "p". This record status was for Cataloging in Publication (CIP) records that had been previously distributed with an encoding level of "8".

This change in the use of record status value "p" in distributed records was made after considering a variety of factors including system limitations, receipt of records from sources outside the Library of Congress, and the amount of resources required to program for continued distribution. An additional factor relates to the meaning of value "p". Although customers may have expected this status to indicate the item was published and available, in fact, this status has always meant only that the cataloging record had been upgraded. While the reason for the upgraded record is often the availability of the published item, this is not true in all cases.

CDS apologizes that this change was implemented without prior notice to customers.

Questions about this change can be directed to:

Loche McLean
Cataloging Distribution Service
Library of Congress
telephone: 202 707-1285
email: lmcl@loc.gov

April 20, 2007