> The following announcement from OCLC's Database Management Department
> has been posted to various lists. Please excuse any duplication.
> Type Code Editing Capability
> The "Type of Record" code (USMARC Leader/06) is the one-character
> alphabetic code that helps differentiate most records for the various
> bibliographic formats. When a record has been entered into WorldCat,
> the OCLC Online Union Catalog, with an incorrect Type Code, searches
> qualified by format will not yield accurate results.
> Recent changes in USMARC due to format integration, reflecting the
> shift toward coding bibliographic record Type Codes for record content
> rather than physical carrier, have resulted in an increased need for
> libraries to edit Type Codes. Until now, the OCLC system has limited
> users' ability to change Type Codes within a given bibliographic
> format (for instance, i/j or g/k/r/o) only. All Type Code changes
> between bibliographic formats and all Type Code changes to WorldCat
> master records had to be reported to OCLC, where they would be done
> within 24 hours of receipt.
> Beginning immediately, OCLC Passport software users with any
> authorization level Limited and above, will be able to change the Type
> Code on all unlocked or locally edited bibliographic records to any
> other valid Type Code value. This will allow users to continue work
> on such records without serious disruption of workflow. OCLC
> encourages users to continue reporting Type Code changes as before (by
> phone, electronically, or on paper), so that master records in
> WorldCat can be corrected.
> A Type Code change is accomplished by overtyping the incorrect Type
> Code with the correct one, then pressing <F11>. The record will
> redisplay with the fixed-field mnemonics of the new Type of Record.
> Further editing of the redisplayed fixed field (and possibly other
> elements in the record) will be necessary before the record will pass
> This enhancement will be included in OCLC CatME for Windows software
> version 1.10 and CJK software version 3.0. OCLC expects to release
> these new versions of workstation software in early 1999.
> Jay Weitz
> Consulting Database Specialist
> OCLC Online Computer Library Center
> MC 141
> 6565 Frantz Road
> Dublin, Ohio 43017-3395
> Phone: 614-764-6156
> Fax: 614-718-7195
> E-mail: [log in to unmask]
> WWW: http://www.oclc.org/