[Because Kevin sent message to both PCC and CONSER lists, I'm replying to both as well. - Judy]
Remember that 490 0# is not a heading; the "lc" authentication code for serials applies to headings. There have always been some series untraced by LC and others (began before 1989 when all new series became traced) in which serial analytics were published; those CONSER records by LC and others have always been coded "lc" if the name headings in records were supported by authority records.
Also, not all CONSER members originally contributed SARs. If they didn't, they coded their serial analytic records as "lc" either because they gave the series statements as 490 0# fields or because they requested LC to make the SARs for them.
Les and Hien will be updating the CONSER documentation to remove LC practice statements for series, etc., over the next months.
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It is minimally reassuring that LC will not be inputting the "pcc" code in
field 042 of monograph records for items in series.
However, according to the FAQ and the instructions for LC staff that I have
seen, the code "lc" will still be used in field 042 of serial records, even
when series are not being traced. Also, 490 0 will be used if a
change/addition of series occurs on a CONSER record that is being modified
Despite the assurance by Mark Watson in his 5/25/06 message that "PCC
series policy remains unchanged," LC is unilaterally deciding not to follow
fully the standards that are established for CONSER records. And while
"PCC Policy Committee (PoCo) formally recognizes and supports the right of
the Library of Congress (LC) to make cataloging decisions in its own best
interest," and "PoCo is treating LC the same as it would any other member
library," it is not at all clear that LC has the right to impose those
decisions on a cooperative database. If any other CONSER member library
were to institute such a policy, and submit/modify records that fail to
meet the mutually agreed upon standards of the program, I seriously doubt
that it would be looked upon so favorably by PoCo.
The procedures that LC has put in place for their new series policy will
immediately call into question any CONSER record involving a series that
has "DLC" in the 040 field and a create or modify date after 6/1/06. Most
of us probably have our own "blacklists" of OCLC member libraries whose
copy needs very careful review before being used. But it is very sad
indeed to now find it necessary to add some CONSER records into that category.
Kevin M. Randall
Head of Serials Cataloging
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-2300
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phone: (847) 491-2939
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