Saturday, November 16, 2013

Early implementation of changes to DCM Z1 for 370

"After discussions on the PCC list, and by participants at the PCC Operations Committee meeting and PCC-related meetings at ALA Annual, the policy for formulating a place name to be used in authority field 370 will now be to use the authorized form of the place.  This practice should make it easier for catalogers to supply data for this field and improve the potential for the data to be used in a linked environment. 
It will no longer be necessary to re-formulate some place names to look the same as they would if they were being added as an addition to the access point in the 1XX. A revised DCM Z1 page for the 370 field, with examples, will be formally published in November-- a pre-publication version has been posted at: and may be applied now.  Cataloger's are welcome to, but not required to, change the forms found on existing authority records.

Location of pre-publication DCM Z1 pages can be found under "MARC 21 Encoding" on the Post RDA Implementation Guidelines and Standards page.

As a  reminder, the following subfields are not yet activated for use in MARC 21 field 368 (Other Attributes of Person or Corporate Body):

$d (Title of person)
$s (Start period)
$t (End period)
$u (Uniform Resource Identifier)
$v (Source of information)

Please do not code these subfields in a 368 field in NACO records. When the subfields are activated for use, an announcement will be sent."  

[Source: Library of Congress]

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