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BIBCO Standards

  1. Where can I find the PCC RDA BIBCO Standard Record (BSR) Metadata Application Profile, the new BIBCO Standard Record (BSR) models and the older full and core standards that were replaced by the BSR in 2010?

BIBCO Cataloging and Documentation (LC-PCC PSs, LCRIs, etc.)

  1. Is it true that all BIBCO cataloging must follow the LC-PCC PSs, LCRIs?
  2. If something is labeled LC practice in the LC-PCC PSs or LCRIs, does this mean BIBCO libraries must also follow the practice?
  3. Is it possible to propose additions to cataloging documentation to clarify what is PCC practice vs. what is LC practice?

Using the MARC Field 042 pcc

  1. What does the MARC field 042 in a bibliographic record represent?
  2. How do BIBCO or other members of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging use the 042 field?
  3. Does a BIBCO record with MARC field 042 pcc retain that coding when other libraries, BIBCO or non-BIBCO, change the record?
  4. May BIBCO libraries code a bibliographic record 042 pcc if the name authority record for one of its access points is coded as provisional (008/33 = c) as described in MARC 21 Format for Authority Data and DCM Z1 (008/33 Levels of Establishment)?

Creating Parallel Language Records

9. What is the OCLC policy for creating parallel language bibliographic records based on non-English language catalog records?



BIBCO Standards

1. Where can I find PCC RDA BIBCO Standard Record (BSR) Metadata Application Profile, the new BIBCO Standard Record (BSR) models and the older full and core standards that were replaced by the BSR in 2010?

A. The PCC RDA BIBCO Standard Record (BSR) Metadata Application Profile, BIBCO Standard Record Metadata Application Profiles (MAPS) page gives links to the new BSRs for various types of materials, and to the earlier BIBCO Full Record Standard and BIBCO Core Record Standard for purposes of reference.

BIBCO Cataloging and Documentation (LC-PCC PSs, LCRIs, etc.)

2. Is it true that all BIBCO cataloging must follow theLC-PCC PSs, LCRIs?

A. Yes. For all records they contribute as PCC BIBCO records, the members agree to follow documentation that is listed in the BIBCO Program Parameters, including the RDA Toolkit and related LC-PCC PSs, the latest edition of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules 2nd edition (AACR2) and related Library of Congress Rule Interpretations (LCRIs). BIBCO participants are free to create some records according to BIBCO rules and other non-BIBCO records according to other rules.

3. If an LC-PCC PSs or LCRI is labeled "LC practice" does this mean BIBCO libraries must also follow the practice?

A. No. The phrase "LC practice" signals a practice applicable solely to LC; it is discretionary for other libraries." It is only when an LC-PCC PSs or LCRI is labeled "PCC practice" or "LC/PCC practice" that bibliographic cataloging contributed to either the BIBCO or CONSER program must follow the guidance.

4. Is it possible to propose additions to cataloging documentation to clarify what is PCC practice vs. what is LC practice?

A. Yes. When the PCC practice is not clear or if there is a perceived need to harmonize PCC and LC practice, suggested changes to documentation may be sent to the BIBCO Coordinator or to either the chairs of the SCS or the SCT. These will be forwarded to the appropriate authoring entities for consideration.

Using the MARC Field 042 pcc

5. What does the MARC field 042 represent in a bibliographic record?

A. The MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data defines the 042 as: "[A] field [that] contains one or more authentication codes indicating that the record, existing in a national database, has been reviewed in a specific way. Field 042 is an agency-assigned data element. It is used for authentication codes associated with specifically designated authenticating agencies." Currently, there are over 40 codes that have been authorized by LC's Network Development and MARC Standards Office for use as authenticating codes. A complete list of institutions is available on the MARC Authentication Action Code List.

6. How do BIBCO or other members of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging members use the MARC field 042?

A. Both BIBCO and CONSER members use the MARC field 042 to authenticate that bibliographic records have been created within the documented parameters of these programs.

  • Authenticated BIBCO program records contain the 042 code "pcc".
  • Authenticated CONSER records commonly contain 042 codes "pcc" or "msc," and may sometimes contain other specialized codes.
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7. Does a BIBCO record with MARC field 042 pcc retain that coding when other libraries, BIBCO or non-BIBCO, change the records?

A. The PCC policy is that all catalogers should follow the policies, practices and procedures published by the utilities in which they work in regard to the use, modification, etc. of the 042 in a bibliographic record. A brief outline of OCLC policies follows:

OCLC BIBCO MARC field 042 pcc policy:

  • The 042 pcc appears in a monographic bibliographic record only if a BIBCO participant authenticates it when creating or changing a record. A BIBCO library’s National Level Enhance authorization gives the broadest privileges to change records with the 042 pcc coding, or to delete the 042 pcc.
  • The 042 pcc remains on an existing record if another BIBCO or NACO library changes the record or if an OCLC member library enriches the record by adding a field listed in Bibliographic Formats and Standards 5.3
  • The 042 pcc remains on an existing LC CIP record if a participant in the OCLC Cataloging-in-Publication Upgrade Project changes the record, or if an OCLC member library upgrades the record.
  • The 042 pcc does not transfer to a new record when an OCLC member library uses a PCC record as the basis of a new record.

Remember that when a record enters OCLC WorldCat, the contributing institution's OCLC symbol appears in 040 subfields $a and $c. When an institution changes a record, the OCLC symbol for that institution appears displayed in 040 subfield $d.

OCLC CONSER MARC Field 042 pcc policy:

  • OCLC member libraries' ability to create, modify serial records and/or to delete the MARC field 042 is based on the level of their CONSER authorizations. Only CONSER authorized members can add or delete the 042 in the master CONSER record.

8. May BIBCO libraries code a bibliographic record 042 pcc if the name authority record for one of its access points is coded as provisional (008/33 = c) as described in MARC 21 Format for Authority Data and DCM Z1 (008/33 Levels of Establishment)?

A. It depends on the reasons behind the provisional coding:

  • Yes, if the library has language expertise and access to reference materials, but needs to use MARC field 675 because they lack information to establish a full level NAR.
  • No, if the library lacks language expertise to make an informed choice of heading
  • No, if the library has no access to reference materials to research the name adequately.

Creating Parallel Language Records

9. What is the OCLC policy for creating parallel language bibliographic records?

A. The OCLC policy for creating parallel language records can be found in OCLC's Bibliographic Formats and Standards 3.10. In brief, catalogers who work in a language other than the language of the existing record already present in WorldCat, , may create a new separate record in their language of cataloging for each manifestation. For example, if only a Spanish language record is present in WorldCat, a record in English may be created. These are called parallel records.

  • OCLC allows only one record per language of descriptive cataloging for each manifestation.
  • The language entered in the 040 subfield $b represents the language of descriptive cataloging for that record.
  • The language entered in the 040 subfield $b does not represent the language of the item being cataloged.