Monday, June 2, 2008

OCLC Implements MARC Changes

On Sunday, June 1, 2008 OCLC implemented changes related to the OCLC-MARC Update 2008 in Connexion browser and client. These changes are based on MARC 21 Bibliographic, Authority, and Holdings Formats, Updates No. 7 (dated October 2006), MARC Code List changes and additions and a few changes suggested by users and OCLC staff. For complete details, see OCLC Technical Bulletin 255 at:

Changes include, but are not limited to:
--Addition of codes from the IAML list of musical composition codes in 047.
--Addition of $j (Relator term) in 111, 611, 711 and 811.
--Addition of 034 (Coded Cartographic Mathematical Data) in Authorities.
--Addition of field 506 (Restrictions on Access Note) in Holdings records.
--New country (Ctry) and geographic area (field 043) codes for Kosovo.
--New bibliographic indexes: Language of Cataloging Description (040 $b) and Access Restrictions (506 $a and $f).
--New authority index: Cartographic Data index (034 $d, $e, $f, $g and $z).

New indexes and codes will be available in Connexion client dropdowns when the next version of the client is released. In client 2.10, new indexes may be searched manually in the command line and new codes may be entered manually.

Jay Weitz
Senior Consulting Database Specialist
OCLC Online Computer Library Center

(OCLC-CAT e-list)

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