Joerg said:

>One challenge is, library holdings do not change once they are created,
>they are of persistant nature during the lifetime of an item, whereas other
>annotations are quite volatile or even obsolete in the perspective of
>catalog building.

This has certainly not been our experience.  Today most of our library
clients can print their own labels, so we adjust holdings less,  But
for well over a decade holdings were fluid, as copies were added or
withdrawn, had their locations changed, new volumes of sets and
continuing resources arrived.  We made those changes to the records,
and produced the needed labels (and earlier, replacement shelf list
cards showing the changed holdings).   Holdings changed more than any
other feature of the record.

While we no longer deal much with changed holdings, I suspect the
fluidity we experienced still exists in those libraries.

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