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At the April 30, 2009 meeting of the CONSER/BIBCO Operations Committee
(OpCo), representatives supported pursuing a Program for Cooperative
Cataloging (PCC) practice for online series title qualifiers and creation
of authority records for online series. The practice posted:
http://www.loc.gov/acq/conser/Online-Series.pdf is based on OpCo
discussion and subsequent consultations with LC's Policy and Standards
Division. 

The PCC discussions about online series were an outgrowth of the work of
the Provider-Neutral E-Monograph Record Task Group. Approval of the
provider-neutral record guidelines for e-monographs was also confirmed at
the OpCo meeting. The implementation date for the provider-neutral record
guidelines is July 17, 2009. The final report of the Provider-Neutral
E-Monograph Record Task Group is available
from: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/bibco/PN-Final-Report.pdf 

Next steps:

* LC's Policy and Standards Division confirmed that changes needed to LCRI
25.5B in support of PCC's online series practices will be made available
on the web in early June and in the next update to Catalogers Desktop in
August.

* Comments on the practices for online series outlined in the series
practice posted at: http://www.loc.gov/acq/conser/Online-Series.pdf are
due June 17, 2009. Comments from the PCC Standing Committee on Standards,
PCC members, cataloging email lists, and other interested parties may be
sent to the Provider Neutral Record Task Group chairs Becky Culbertson
([log in to unmask]) or George Prager ([log in to unmask])

* Final approval of PCC practices for online series by the PCC Policy
Committee is expected by June 26th 2009.

* The implementation date of the Provider Neutral Record Guidelines for
E-monographs and the new PCC practices for online series is July 17, 2009.

We welcome your comments and questions.

Les Hawkins
CONSER Coordinator
Library of Congress
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tel. 202 707-5185