My two cents worth:

A big problem on OCLC is that UKM CIP does not seem to get matched up well
(and subsequently overlaid) by LC cataloging.  No offense meant to the
British Library but their CIP is not very usable for us.  Records are very
brief and very often duplicate superior DLC or even member copy.  We have
been experimenting with running batch ISBN searches for current English
language titles in CatME.  Currently the only way to make this work is to
run the batch twice , restricting to only DLC records the first pass.
(Obviously this incurs extra searching costs.)  Otherwise at least 1/3 of
searches deliver two or more records, the majority of these are DLC/UKM
dups.  UKM CIP seems to be delivered very early, which is a virtue, but
having two records (especially 2 national level records) for the same book
is definitely NOT!  It seems to me that the utilities should be able to find
a solution for this.


Jane Jacobs
Assist. Coordinator, Catalog Div.
Queens Borough Public Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11432

The opinions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily represent
those of the Queens Library.

>Dear BIBCO Participants:
>   At the November PoCo meeting OCLC announced that plans were in high
>gear for moving to a relational database management system for
>WorldCat.  As a result the PoCo asked that BIBCO and CONSER
>participants  brainstrom and develop a "wish list" to be sent both to
>OCLC and RLG.  At the recent ALA conference the BIBCO-At-Large meeting
>Jennifer Bowen led a "visioning exercise" designed to create the "wish
>list" that BIBCO participants would like to see utilities provide. The
>following list is given in order of priority, #1 being on top.
>1. Authority validation (Linked authorities)
>2. Record distribution, i.e., record sharing, between utilities
>3. Batch overlay, i.e., tape loading ability that will overlay lower
>level records
>4. Online SACO record contribution and ability to save SACO records in
>the utilities
>5. BFM (Bibliographic file maintenance)
>6. Numerical file sorting of Series numbering
>7. Import capabilities directly into the utility from remote databases
>8. Online classification record contribution
>If you did not attend the BIBCO-At-Large meeting (or attended but have
>had futher inspiration) we invite you at this time to send forward any
>suggestions, additions, comments, etc. to this list so that these may be
>sent to the utilities as soon as possible.
>Note: The CONSER visioning summary is at: