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As a result of changes outside of OCLC's control that impact the
authorities distribution files, we will not load new authorities files
(names and subjects) until after the first of the year.

This decision will have an impact on all OCLC users (Connexion and
Z39.50) of the LC Names and Subject Authority Files: 

1.	The most recent distributed files loaded into OCLC systems from
the Library of Congress were those dated 12/18.  Any records currently
in the distribution queue will remain in that state.  Please note: No
data will be lost.

2.	Users can continue to add newly created authority records using
Connexion.  OCLC will continue to send distribution files to the Library
of Congress on a daily basis, however, no files will be loaded.  Please
note: No data will be lost.

3.	Users can continue to modify existing authority records using
Connexion.  It is important to be aware, however, that because no files
are being loaded, the version of the record retrieved *may* not be the
most current version.  

OCLC will continue to send distribution files on a daily basis, however,
there is a risk that the replaced record could be rejected.  To find the
most current version of the authority record for comparison, one can
access the Library of Congress authorities at:
http://authorities.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First


OCLC deeply regrets the inconvenience resulting from this decision and
will work to resume normal activities in a timely manner.  Updates will
be posted as more information becomes available.

Please contact me directly with any questions related to the information
noted above.

Sincerely,
--Becky Dean

OCLC
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