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> Implementation of AACR2 Amendments 2001
> The Library of Congress has announced the following plans for the
> implementation of Amendments 2001 to AACR2:
> The Library of Congress intends to implement Amendments 2001 to AACR2 on
> December 1, 2001. By that time, the Library of Congress Rule
> Interpretations related to Amendments 2001 will have been distributed by
> the Cataloging Distribution Service to LC staff and to NACO participants.
> The Amendments 2001 rule revisions are already included in the current LC
> Cataloger's Desktop; they have been incorporated into the AACR2 text and
> they also appear separately under "Most recent Amendments." Printed copies
> of Amendments 2001 are available from the American Library Association,
> the Canadian Library Association, and Library Association Publishing.
> There are three major rule revisions in Amendments 2001:
> Conference publications can be entered under the heading for the
> conference if the name of the conference appears anywhere in the item
> being cataloged (21.1B2(d)). LC will apply this rule revision to
> conference publications cataloged after November 30.
> British terms of honor ("Sir," "Dame," "Lord," "Lady") will no
> longer be included in headings (22.1C, 22.12) but will be retained in
> statements of responsibility (1.1F7) and can be used to resolve conflicts
> in headings (22.19B). LC will apply this rule revision to headings being
> newly established after November 30.
> Chapter 9 has been renamed "Electronic Resources." The GMD
> "electronic resource" replaces "computer file" and conventional
> terminology (e.g., "1 CD-ROM") can now be used in the extent statement.
> The entire chapter has been reissued although a number of the rules within
> the chapter do not contain any changes. LC will apply revised Chapter 9 to
> items cataloged after November 30.
> OCLC will coordinate its implementation of the Amendments 2001 with LC's
> implementation and asks that member libraries begin applying the
> amendments for items cataloged after November 30, 2001.
> In conjunction with the implementation of revised Chapter 9, Electronic
> Resources, OCLC member libraries are asked to cease using Guidelines for
> the Bibliographic Description of Interactive Multimedia (American Library
> Association, 1994) and to use the revised Chapter 9 for the description of
> all electronic resources. OCLC staff are investigating conversion of the
> existing general material designations, "computer file" and "interactive
> multimedia," to the new general material designation, "electronic
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