Not to mention 382 $e, $r and $t…


Casey A. Mullin
Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services
Western Washington University

Chair, Music OCLC Users Group



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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Moore, Richard
Sent: Monday, March 6, 2017 11:19 PM
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] repeating the subfield $c in a 111 authority record


NACO is still waiting for LC to implement the last few MARC 21 updates. 111 $c repeatability isn’t the only thing affected – we are also still using 046 $s and $t with their former definitions, and not using 046 $q and $r.







Richard Moore

Authority Control Team Manager

The British Library


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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Charles Croissant
Sent: 02 March 2017 18:07
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Subject: [PCCLIST] repeating the subfield $c in a 111 authority record


Dear collective wisdom,

I've run into a problem in trying to update a conference authority record to RDA. I think the problem is actually with OCLC's validation algorithm, but I'm wondering if others have encountered this as well, and whether it's a "known problem."

I would like to update NAR no2002013383 to RDA. It's for the Council of Pavia-Siena, a 15th-century church council that took place in two locations.

Applying RDA, it appears that the RDA heading (expressed in MARC) should be:

111 2_ $a Council of Pavia-Siena $d (1423-1424 : $c Pavia, Italy; $c Siena, Italy)


i.e. with the subfield $c repeated.

According to MARC 21 for Authority Records, subfield $c _is_ repeatable. There's even a statement to this effect in the General Information X11 section: "Multiple adjacent locations are contained in a repeatable subfield $c."

But when I attempt to validate the heading in OCLC, it fails validation, so I am unable to replace the record.

So I'm wondering, should I remove the second $c and replace the record, or should I wait to replace this record until this validation problem gets fixed?

thanks for any advice,


Charles Croissant
Senior Catalog Librarian
Pius XII Memorial Library
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO 63108


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