The changes to the Validation Rules for cataloging, originally scheduled for
October 15, have been rescheduled for this coming Sunday. Please see the
attached message that will appear in OCLC System News later today. I will
let you if there are any changes to the planned schedule.
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Rescheduled Changes to the Validation Rules
Changes to the Validation Rules for cataloging, originally scheduled for
October 15, 2000, have been rescheduled for October 22, 2000.
OCLC plans to make several changes to the Validation Rules for cataloging as
part of the follow-up to the MARC Bibliographic Updates implemented in
October 1998 (Technical Bulletin 227) and April 2000 (Technical Bulletin
236). Bibliographic records have been scanned and corrected. Final scans
will be completed after October 22nd. We will advise OCLC members if there
is any change to the October 22nd install date.
* Invalidating obsolete elements and values. The obsolete elements
have been scanned and deleted or corrected. This includes removing obsolete
language codes from the validation rules. If you need help in determining
what should be used in place of the obsolete elements, see Technical
Bulletins 227 and 236.
* Adding the value 's' for 'electronic item' to field 539, subfield
* Changing the Validation Rules to match the input standards for field
007 for remote-sensing images (007/01 or subfield $a = r).
Invalidating obsolete elements.
The following fields, subfields, codes and values will no longer be valid
* Language codes (Lang, 040 $b, 041, 242 $y, and 775 $e)
Obsolete code Lanuguage
gae Gaelic (Scots)
gag Galician (Gallegan)
lan Occitan (post-1500)
lap Sami languages (Other)
* Fields 100, 400, 600, 700, 790, 800, 1st indicator value '2' --
Heading fields, Multiple surname indicator value.
* Field 551 -- Entity and Attribute Information Note.
* Field 755 -- Added Entry-Physical Characteristics.
* Field 76x-78x, subfield $7 -- Linking Entry Fields, Control
Subfield. In subfield $7 (Control subfield) for all Linking Entry Fields
(76x-78x), if position 1 is 'p' for personal name, value '2' for Multiple
surname will no longer be valid in position 2. Note: In MARC 21, these
positions are '/0' and '/1'.
* Field 856, subfield $g -- Electronic Location and Access, Uniform
Field 539, subfield $g (Fixed-Length Data Elements of Reproduction Note,
Code 's' for electronic item will become available for input in field 539,
subfield $g (Form). It became valid for input in the fixed field (008) and
field 006 in April 2000. Subfield $g remains optional for input in field
Field 007, 007/01 or subfield $a = 'r' (Physical Description Fixed Field for
The Validation Rules for cataloging will be changed to match the input
standards. Currently, the Validation Rules require that values be input for
all subfields, except subfield $c. After October 22nd, only subfields $a
and $b will be required for input. Input of subfields $d-$j will be