I just read your message to CONSRLST and PCCLST in which you made the following statement: "We also want to know why the Working Group's recommendation on recording of series information was totally eliminated, rather than postponed."
That proposed change from AACR2 to not give a series statement if there was a controlled series access point in the bibliographic record was not included by the Working Group in its Appendix M (proposed changes from AACR2) to the Working Group's report. It was noted that Appendix M would be discussed with CPSO as to the possibilities of early implementation. So, the topics in Appendix M were those on the agenda at a meeting with Diane Boehr, Regina Reynolds, Barbara Tillett, and others on Nov. 27. At the end of that meeting, it was confirmed by Barbara in response to a question from Regina that the JSC had not ever discussed replacing the descriptive elements of the series statement by a controlled series access point.
CONSER is welcome to propose that the ALA representative to the JSC make such a proposal to the JSC.
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The National Library of Medicine disagrees with the recent PCC decision
to implement the new CONSER standard record in phases. It is not clear
from the message issued by the PCC what areas need to be addressed in
the three elements identified for postponement. We also want to know
why the Working Group's recommendation on recording of series
information was totally eliminated, rather than postponed. All the
proposed changes demonstrate a preference for reducing redundancy by
recording transcribed information only once, either in the bibliographic
record or in authority records where possible, and using authorized
headings when possible for access.
NLM is always looking for ways to reduce cataloging costs, without
affecting user access and retrieval of material, and NLM management was
very favorably impressed with the approach taken in development of the
CONSER standard record.
A phased implementation approach means that the costs of implementing
these changes are doubled, as documentation, training and template
redesign all need to be done twice. Catalogers have to go through two
learning curves in adjusting to new rules. These additional costs would
have a negative effect on the time savings NLM anticipates from the new
standard, at a time of increasing budget constraints. For these
reasons, NLM will not do a phased implementation. Unless another option
becomes available that would allow CONSER participants to do a complete,
timely implementation, NLM will implement the standard record in its
entirety on February 1 as originally planned.
Chief, Technical Services Division
National Library of Medicine
Bethesda MD 20894
(301) 402-1211 (fax)
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