As Kate pointed out, removing local headings from the OCLC master record,
when the master record IS the local catalog record for those of us who use
WorldCat Local as our catalog (and that would include my institution),
would adversely affect our users. With the move toward network level
cataloging, we need to reconsider carefully what we do to master records
and what should and should not be deleted from them. Fields marked with a
subfield $5 should probably be left alone. Additional access points on a
record never hurt anyone. OCLC WorldCat probably does however need to
develop a better way of displaying local data in records. Imagine a record
with dozens of local fields from different libraries. There is always
going to be a need for some local data that other libraries would not need
or choose to include in their record. When we are all sharing the same
record in one shared catalog we are going to have to figure out how to let
everyone have what they need while keeping exceptions to standard
practices to a minimum.
I'm of two minds about whether a PCC record with local access points needs
to have those access points under authority control. In an ideal world,
of course. But I think I could live with all of the access points that
apply to all copies of a resource being under authority control while
access points that are only applicable to a non-PCC library's copy not
needing an authority record.
Adam L. Schiff
University of Washington Libraries
Seattle, WA 98195-2900
(206) 685-8782 fax
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On Mon, 7 Jun 2010, Ted P Gemberling wrote:
> I sometimes put $5 in original records when I'm not sure something is purely local. I figure a cataloger with another copy might be interested in it, as you say. But if she recognizes it as being non-local when she sees the record, I'd have no objection to her removing the $5 code from the master record.
> And I suppose if she recognizes it as being purely local, I'd have no objection to her removing the field altogether, as long as she is mindful of the possible need another library might have for such items.
> When the only copy you have for reference is your own, it's hard to know sometimes whether something is unique to it. Maybe that's particularly true for rare book elements like cancel leaves.
> Ted Gemberling
> UAB Lister Hill Library
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> My reading of the standards is that the $5 indicates that the heading only applies to certain copies of the work, not that it is "local" in construction. OCLC distinguishes between completely local notes and headings, which should not be entered on master records and can be deleted, and those that "are of interest beyond the inputting library" and are identified by $5 (cf. the section on local notes in http://www.oclc.org/bibformats/en/onlinecataloging/default.shtm)
> So, I think that the best thing to do when upgrading a record containing a $5 that one does not wish to support with an authority record is not to make it a PCC record.
> On the more general question of the size of the pool of PCC records, are others discouraged from making PCC records because present OCLC policy locks them from upgrades by non-PCC libraries (although LC records CAN be upgraded?). I would like for the "Expert Community Experiment" to be expanded so that any library could correct or enhance a PCC record. Or, if we really want to retain a special status for national-level records, one would think LC records would be included in that group.