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Pinyin Conversion Project

Notice of Moratorium on Chinese Language Authority Work

The Library of Congress, OCLC, and the Research Libraries Group have planned for the conversion of Chinese language bibliographic data from the Wade-Giles system of transliteration to Pinyin. OCLC will convert name, title, and series authority records that contain systematically romanized Chinese language elements. RLG will convert Chinese language bibliographic records.

OCLC will begin its conversion process on August 1st, by identifying all authority records in the national authority file that contain elements to be converted. August 1st will mark the beginning of a moratorium on the creation of, or change to any authority record that contains (or will contain) systematically romanized Chinese language data in 1XX, 4XX, or 5XX fields. LC will refrain from deleting authority records with systematically romanized Chinese language data in 1XX, 4XX, or 5XX fields during this period. This moratorium will ensure that all appropriate authority records are converted by OCLC during the identification and conversion process. It will also ensure that no new Chinese language elements are introduced into the authority file that will be missed in the conversion process, or worse, be converted twice, thereby introducing errors into the file.

OCLC and LC expect to complete the conversion and distribution of the estimated 180,000 authority records by mid-September. Since October 1st is the mutually agreed upon start date for the implementation of Pinyin, LC and PCC participants will refrain from using Pinyin for the formulation of systematically romanized access points in bibliographic and authority records until that date. The moratorium on the creation, change, and deletion of authority records will continue through September 30, 2000.

The Pinyin Conversion Project is a truly cooperative venture among LC, the bibliographic utilities, libraries, and PCC participants. Thank you for your help in ensuring the success of the project by following the instructions in the notice. For more information, please visit the Pinyin Conversion Project home page. Please direct your questions to Philip Melzer, Team Leader, Korean/Chinese Cataloging Team, Library of Congress [email protected]

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