Previously it was announced that a phased implementation of the CONSER
standard record would take place, with most elements implemented in the
first phase on February 1, 2007 and other remaining elements in the
second phase in a May/June 2007 timeframe. Several CONSER members
raised concerns that a phased-in approach would have negative
consequences on training and local implementation. In developing
training material, it has become apparent that there are several
clarifications that need to be made in documentation and the draft LCRIs
related to the CONSER standard record that have been posted for comment.
Additionally, the PCC continues to work with representatives of the
Joint Steering Committee (JSC) to seek feedback on the compatibility of
the new standard with RDA developments.
Taking all of these concerns into consideration, the PCC Steering
Committee has decided against the phased approach and has approved a
delayed implementation of all recommended data elements of the new
CONSER standard record.
At the CONSER at large meeting held during ALA Midwinter, consensus was
reached to wait for comments from the JSC before proceeding with
implementation of the CONSER standard record. The expected date for
JSC's discussion would be at their April meeting, or perhaps sooner, if
the JSC is able to review the recommendations at an earlier meeting.
Although agreement was not unanimous, the importance of CONSER libraries
implementing the new standard record in a unified fashion was also
supported by meeting attendees. In the event that remaining issues
surrounding the full implementation of the standard record are not
resolved by May, the CONSER Operations Committee will plan to discuss
and recommend next steps at their regularly scheduled spring meeting.
Many thanks to everyone involved in the recent discussions regarding the
phased implementation of the CONSER standard record. I very much
appreciate the PCC community's continued willingness to work
collaboratively for the benefit of all concerned.
PoCo Chair, 2007