When I didn't get an answer on this list to my question about Elvl 4
(tagged onto another question, and quoted below) I wrote to OCLC. Cynthia
Whitacre responded, that yes, Elvl 4 still has a purpose in designating
records (without 042 pcc) that meet the requirements of the BIBCO Standard
record but not those of Elvl I. OCLC will revise their documentation to
that effect, and in the meantime, we can continue to use Elvl 4. I don't
know if many other libraries are using it, but at Duke it is our basic
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> What Elvl is appropriate for records meeting the criteria of the BIBCO
Standard Record, but not coded pcc? We have used 4 for many years, since
the core standard was developed, and continuing when it evolved into the
BSR. However, I recently noticed that OCLC says that 4 is no longer
valid. In general, the equivalent of blank is I, but the BSR does not
require as many notes as Elvl I, as defined by OCLC. However, it is a
fuller standard than what was traditionally coded K.
>It seems that the definitions of the Elvl codes have not evolved with the
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>Duke University Libraries
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>Subject: [PCCLIST] Changing encoding level 1 to blank--okay?
>This is probably a rather elementary question and I apologize for having
to ask it.
>If one of our catalogers is enhancing a record on OCLC with encoding level
1 and source blank-a good old pre-PCC DLC record, except coded as taken
from pre-electronic description (the book was published 1936)-can she re-
code the encoding level as blank? She is of course cataloging from the
piece itself. The record is LCCN 36030037; it may have been enhanced by
the time you get to it, other than the encoding level.
>Thanks for the help.