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          USMARC CODE LIST CHANGES FOR HONG KONG AND CONGO


      Two changes will be incorporated to the _USMARC Code List for
Countries_ because of political developments.

      As a result of the return of Hong Kong to China's rule, the
USMARC country code for Hong Kong is being revised.  Previously it
was coded [hk] (Hong Kong); it will now be included under China
[cc].

      The caption for the former Zaire is being changed to Congo
(Democratic Republic); however, the country code [cg] will remain
the same.

      The codes for both countries will remain the same in the
_USMARC Code List for Geographic Areas_.



             Summary of changes to the USMARC country code list


previous name          new name               previous code     new code

Hong Kong              USE China              hk                cc

Zaire                  Congo                  cg                cg
                       Democratic Republic)


     Subscribers can anticipate receiving MARC records reflecting
these changes in all distribution services not earlier than Oct.
20, 1997.  Questions regarding the country codes should be directed
to:


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                                                              July 16, 1997