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In response to some recent queries about contributing PCC records
to OCLC, here's the most up-to-date information and contact names.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PCC BIBCO PARTICIPANTS
WHO WISH TO CONTRIBUTE NEW BIBLIOGRAPHIC
RECORDS THROUGH OCLC'S BATCHLOAD SERVICE

PCC BIBCO participants are now able to contribute new PCC full and
core level bibliographic records to OCLC through OCLC's
Batchloading Service.

OCLC Batchload & Database Quality Section must be notified prior to
sending the first PCC BIBCO file.  There will be a short delay in
processing the first file while OCLC prepares the necessary software
to process a library's file.

The PCC implementation requires that PCC records be sent
separately from other records.  Only new, original records will be
added.  Modifications to records already in WorldCat (the OCLC
Online Union Catalog) must be made using the online system.

Files can be submitted through EDX (i.e., ftp) or by tape; EDX is
strongly recommended due to reduced lag time between time of
creation, receipt at OCLC, and subsequent processing.  We
recommend sending files on a weekly basis.  When sending your file
via EDX please put 'pcc' in the RUN OPT (Run Option) portion of the
header.

Requirements for processing PCC BIBCO records through Batchload:
*       Send separate file of PCC records.  If PCC records are mixed in
with other records, they will not be processed as PCC records.
*       Do not send serial records (Bibliographic Level 's' or 'b') in
the
PCC file.
*       Each PCC record must have Source with code 'c'.
*       Each PCC record must contain field 042 'pcc'.
*       An Encoding Level code of '4' or 'blank' must be present in each
PCC record.
*       PCC records must be submitted only once.
Maintenance of existing records must be done online.

OCLC Batchload software will convert Encoding Level '4' to 'blank'
and generate field 039 with the text 'core'.  Users should use Encoding
Level '4' for records that meet core level standards and field 042 'pcc'
for program records.

Please note that OCLC's processing of PCC records will attempt to
match records against existing records in the WorldCat, using current
extended matching algorithms.  If no match is found, the PCC record
will be added to the WorldCat.  If a match is found, the library's
holdings symbol will be attached to the existing record.  It will not be
overlaid and changed to a PCC program record.

For further information, please contact Marianne Kozsely or Joanne Gullo
(phone:
800-848-5878; email: [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask])