Sorry for the blank message I sent you a moment ago. It's late and
MSOutlook frequently gets the better of me late in the day.
As to your reminder about notifying the British Library when changing a BL
heading in a name authority record, might I ask why we are expected to do
this when they are not expected to reciprocate? My job would be made a lot
easier if the British Library were a little more cooperative--for instance
printing Cataloging IN Publication IN the book--so I'm moved to ask the
impolitic question above. Even making their catalog available for easy
perusal would help.
Also, the directive instructs us to notify them *prior* to making the
change. Is my cataloging then supposed to sit around the office gathering
electronic moss while they decide whether or not the change can be made? In
other words, am I seeking their permission or just notifying them?
Your guidance on these matters would be very much appreciated.
Quality Books Inc.
The Best of America's Independent Presses
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From: Antony Robert David Franks [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 6:27 AM
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Subject: Revisions to BL Contributed Headings
At the request of the British Library, the Coop Team reminds NACO members to
please adhere to the section of Z1 (the yellow pages), 1XX, p. 1, relating
to revision of name authority records contributed by the British Library. In
short, please remember to inform the British Library, through the e-mail
address listed [log in to unmask], of changes made to headings (1XXs only)
contributed by the BL (040 $a Uk $b eng $c Uk)
The British Library are currently in the process of data migration
preparatory to the implementation of their new system. At the same time,
they are delinking their catalogue from the BLNAL and testing linkage with
the NACO Authority File.
Failure by NACO members to follow the procedures outlined in Z1 (the yellow
pages) make these actions on the part of the BL even more difficult than
can be exected of a "normal" implementation.
Anthony R.D. Franks
Cooperative Cataloging Program Specialist
Library of Congress