Posted on behalf of Becky Dean.
This message is posted to multiple listservs; my apologies in advance for duplication.
As many of you are already aware, support for Passport for cataloging functionality ends May 1. The next major phase of OCLC's migration involves moving all NACO processes to Connexion. This phase of the migration follows the implementation of the Review Process, available in the Connexion Browser and Client applications. OCLC is working with the Library of Congress to ensure the changes will not result in any changes to the formatting of OCLC authority records, nor result in any disruptions to the NACO project.
Of paramount importance: Effective May 1, any remaining authority records that are in an institution's save file will be permanently lost (locks will be removed, edits will be lost, etc.). OCLC staff will not be able to retrieve any lost data.
Because authority records that are currently in the Passport or CatME save file cannot be moved into Connexion, it is imperative that appropriate action be taken to clean out all authority records that reside in an institution's save file.
As a result of these changes, on MAY 1, 2005, the following processes will be permanently disabled in Passport and/or CatME:
* The ability to access the online authority save file via Passport users,
* The ability to add new authority records via Passport and/or CatME,
* The ability to replace authority records via Passport and/or CatME,
* The ability to access submitted/responded records via Passport and/or CatME,
* The ability to search or browse the OCLC authority file using Passport,
* The ability to export authority records using Passport
Important clarification for CatME users:
OCLC will discontinue support for NACO functionality in CatME on May 1--this is a change from what was previously announced. Because the NACO functionality in CatME is closely tied to Passport, it became necessary that the NACO processes for Passport and CatME be dismantled on the same date.
CatME users *will* be able to continue to search, edit, and export authority records until July 1.
If you have not yet already done so, please move all your NACO activities to Connexion by May 1. See <http://www.oclc.org/connexion/migrating/> for additional information on migrating to Connexion.
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