BIBCO Colleagues, please see below the forwarded message from Beth Camden, Chair of the PCC Policy Committee.  Thanks.    -- Jessalyn

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PCC End date for AACR2


Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:12:06 -0500


Beth Picknally Camden <[log in to unmask]>


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Dear BIBCO members,

At the November meeting of the PCC Policy Committee (PoCo), we discussed the results of the recent survey of BIBCO and CONSER libraries.    Taking this input into consideration, PoCo decided that December 31, 2014 will be the last date for original BIBCO AACR2 cataloging.   Starting January 1, 2015, all BIBCO contributions must follow RDA BIBCO Standard Record guidelines.   Records created by BIBCO members that are not fully RDA compliant, may not be coded PCC.

PoCo responses to some of the questions and concerns raised in the survey:

·         Does this decision apply to all cataloging?  No, only to BIBCO records coded as PCC.  BIBCO members may continue to catalog according to pre-RDA standards, but those records cannot be coded PCC.

·         Is conversion to RDA expected for copy cataloging?  No.  PCC does not expect records to be converted to RDA as part of routine copy cataloging process.   Member institutions may choose a copy cataloging workflow appropriate for their environment. If they choose to convert copy cataloging records to RDA they may re-code as PCC.

·         Will new records derived from non-RDA records be required to be changed to RDA? Yes.  Any new BIBCO record coded as PCC must be RDA compliant.   However, member institutions may choose to derive AACR2 records without converting to RDA and not contribute as PCC.

·         What about special materials/formats which lack complete RDA documentation?  Many specialized cataloging communities have RDA documentation in the works.  For special materials/formats, BIBCO members may continue to catalog according to pre-RDA standards, but those records cannot be coded PCC.  

·         What about places where RDA is unclear?  BIBCO catalogers should send questions/suggestions to the BIBCO list, [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask] .  The PCC may consider creating additional RDA task groups as needed.


Beth Picknally Camden
Chair, PCC Policy Committee
Goldstein Director of Information Processing
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
215-746-4149            [log in to unmask]
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