For the past year and half, I've been contributing BIBCO records for
current imprints within my cataloging assignment whenever I don't find copy
in RLIN, which has historically been our cataloging utility here at BYU.
Occasionally, in the course of my work, I happen later to run upon some of
these PCC records I've created previously and discover that LC has now
cataloged the item as well.
What's dismaying to me is that in none of the cases that I've run across to
date has the LC record been derived from my PCC copy. On the contrary,
they've all been original records. As I've examined the two records in each
of these cases, I'm not able to detect any significant qualitative
differences. However, it seems to me that this somewhat devalues the PCC
record as a national standard, since libraries who subsequently come to
RLIN for copy virtually always choose the LC record over my PCC record.
I'm looking for help in understanding why this is happening. I should
mention our library migrated to a new system about the time I began
contributing, and since that time we have been unable to export our copy to
either RLIN or OCLC, as we had done prior to that. For that reason, I've
been creating my BIBCO contributions directly in the RLIN system rather
than in the local system, as is generally our practice. The records are
not, however, available in OCLC and I've wondered if that could be a
Can anyone at LC (or elsewhere) explain to me why this occurs or what I can
do to improve the situation? I does take additional effort for me to create
these records as BIBCO contributions in RLIN and I'm wondering if it's
worth my time to continue doing this.
Thanks in advance for any help.
6442 Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
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