I'm assuming that there will be programs available, just as now there 
are programs for converting from MARC21 to MARCXML. What I am less 
confident about is whether these programs, built for LC's records, will 
give the desired results for other libraries. There is a huge difference 
between a single library with a fairly coherent set of practices [*] and 
the variety of actual data in the range of libraries that you work with. 
What would be great would be the establishment of an open source 
repository where people who make modifications or write their own 
programs could make those programs available for others. It may be 
easier to adapt a program that has worked for, say, multi-lingual 
catalogs than to begin with a program designed for a library with only 
one language of cataloging.

[*] I was struck by a remark of Kevin's about the ISBNs that they have 
found the when there are multiples, the first is for the hardback. I can 
very much imagine that being the case in LC's catalog, given their 
purchase and work-flow, but as you know, 1) not all systems keep the 
fields in order 2) not all libraries purchase the hardback before the 
trade paperback. So that's an example of something that LC can rely on 
for their data that may not generalize to other libraries.

On 5/25/13 7:56 PM, J. McRee Elrod wrote:
> When/if Bibframe is implemented by the national libraries and
> bibliographic utilities, will there be a publically available Bibframe
> to NMARC crosswalk for those systems still in MARC?  Would OCLC offer
> a MARC export?
> Might prioducing MARC21 records from Bibframe be a niche market for
> SLC, as is oroducing AACR2 compatible records from RDA, and UKMARC
> from MARC21?
> Of what online conversion programs should we be aware?
> Thanks
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