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At 01:46 PM 7/30/2006, Gary L. Strawn wrote:
>Isn't it sad that this proposal--which been around in various guises for 
>years--is being driven this time at least in part by featureless library 
>systems?  What do we pay these vendors for?  (I hasten to add that 
>Northwestern's own batch correction facilities have no problem dealing 
>with 490s and 8XXs; and we have code in place that in effect undoes what's 
>proposed here: convert a 490:1 into a 440 and delete the 830 when the 830 
>matches the 490:1.)  Simply allowing people with inadequate library 
>systems to use a 490:1/8XX in all cases is a trivial matter, and obviously 
>doesn't cause serious problems because several institutions have been 
>doing this for a while.  (But please leave the 440 field alone.)

Amen, on all counts.

I would also note that at least one authority control vendor offers to 
option to do what Gary describes above: to convert 490:1/8XX to 440 when 
the content of the two fields match.

         John Attig
         Authority Control Librarian
         Penn State University Libraries
         University Park, PA
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