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Announcement on Newer MARC 21 Characters in NACO Records            
Plans for implementing some of the newer MARC 21 characters have been
agreed to by the NACO nodes (British Library, Library of Congress,
National Library of Medicine, OCLC, Inc.).  As of Oct. 22, 2007 the
following characters will be allowed in records contributed to the
LC/NACO Authority File (see the code tables at
http://www.loc.gov/marc/specifications/specchartables.html for encoding
information): Spacing underscore  Spacing graveOpening curly
bracketClosing curly bracketSpacing tildeDegree signLower case script L
Phono copyright markCopyright markSharpInverted question markInverted
exclamation mark     Implementation of a few other newer characters is
deferred at this time*separate announcements will be made when they may
be used:  Eszett  (continue to use “ss” per LCRI 1.0E)Euro Spacing
circumflex  The Library of Congress will work with OCLC, Inc. with
regard to identifying and converting existing NACO records using the
number sign for the musical sharp, and superscript zero for the degree
sign.   Note non-Latin characters may not be used in authority records
at this time*a separate announcement will be made when appropriate, no
earlier than April 2008. Questions can be addressed to [log in to unmask]