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Benjamin Hockenberry

Thanks for the summary -- good info. ClassWeb improvements are long in the coming...but minimal records with the DLC 040 really bug me, and they result in some weird workflow inefficiencies.

Another problem with passing the buck over to OCLC is the required expense of buy-in to access Connexion. Two of the cataloging departments I've worked in over the last two years are far too small to afford membership, so there's a lot of duplicated effort going on. Z39.50 tools are able to access a number of individual collections, with a heavy reliance on LC cataloging as the main authoritative source.

Workflows will have to change in these small agencies and departments, case closed.

Chris Schwartz

I've also know libraries that could not afford OCLC membership. It will be interesting to see how smaller libraries, agencies, etc. deal with the disintegration of one library setting the national standards and providing standardized bibliographic records. The series authority decision was only the first step in LC's abdication of their long standing role in cataloging.


"LC management is asking the question: What do we need to provide some access to a book and get it out? One approach is to do some materials as minimal level cataloging: MARC encoding levels '3' or '7.' "

If they are going to do minimal level cataloging, I hope they will continue to use 5 or 7 and not 3. Any OCLC library can upgrade a level 5 or 7 record. Only certain enhance libraries can upgrade level 3 records.

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