(Cross-posted, pardon any duplication)


Last spring it was announced that the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) was moving forward to implement the recommendations of the PCC ISBD and MARC Task Group (Revised Final Report 2016). The timeline called for a period of testing and outreach, but there were some delays in getting that started. Now we are ready!


Please see the attached announcement for details. The announcement is also available on the PCC website.


I would like to emphasize that the purpose of this test is to gather feedback about how bibliographic records with limited ISBD punctuation function in library systems and other applications, and to enable the PCC to make decisions about the feasibility of a policy change. This announcement will be shared widely so that libraries, vendors, and others who make use of MARC data are aware of the test.


The test will run through July 1, 2018. The announcement includes links to a website with sets of test records and to a survey for providing feedback.


Lori Robare

PCC Chair

University of Oregon Libraries

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