MODS 3.7 released

The MODS/MADS Editorial Committee and the Library of Congress are pleased to announce that a new incremental version of the MODS Schema, 3.7, is now available at http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods.xsd (and also available at http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods-3-7.xsd, http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/v3/mods.xsd, and http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/v3/mods-3-7.xsd)

This revision is backwards compatible to version 3.6 and therefore only includes changes that do not result in invalidating existing MODS records.  Some changes of particular note in MODS 3.7 are:
1)
Provide the capability to specify an authority for the publisher (addition of authority, authorityURI and valueURI to the publisher subelement)
2)
Remove controlled-list restriction from typeOfResource so that any value may be supplied
3) Addition of @calendar to <dateIssued> <dateCreated> <dateModified> <CopyrightDate> and <dateOther> subelements
4) Support for alternative names

The complete list of changes may be found at: http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/changes-3-7.html
Updates to the MODS User Guidelines, the MARC to MODS mapping, and the XSLT conversion that incorporate 3.7 changes will be available on the MODS Web site soon.

Please direct any comments or questions on the MODS 3.7 schema to the MODS Listserv.

Regards,
Melanie Wacker
on behalf of the MODS/MADS Editorial Committee