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Friends--

I too feel the need to comment on this matter.  From its earliest, the
'founders' of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging have sought to create
a cooperative program without barriers to participation.  As Karen Calhoun
notes, the addition of new requirements will discourage many libraries from
participating.

/Joan Swanekamp
Chair, PCC Standing Committee on Training


 >At 09:06 AM 9/25/98 -0500, Richard wrote:
>>Dear Friends---  I wanted to share a few thoughts I had about the current
>>discussion which I believe originated concerning the verification of
>>author cutter numbers on LC records vs. using a locally created cutter.
>>
>>        I may be in a minority here, but my personal view is that such
>>"author cutters" *should* be checked against LC's application...
>
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>
>Friends:  I'd like to weigh in here.  I was fortunate to attend the first
>BIBCO Operations Committee meeting this past spring, and as many of you
>know I have been an enthusiastic promoter of PCC and its various programs,
>including their predecessors, for many years.  As we discussed at the BIBCO
>Ops meeting, the biggest impediment to the success of PCC right now is the
>somewhat sluggish rate with which the program is growing.   We need more
>libraries and we need more PCC records!  To get there, we need ideas on how
>to make BIBCO an eminently desirable program to be in.
>
>With growth of the program being a high priority, I would be loath to put
>additional requirements on existing or potential new contributors.  I must
>agree with Pat Williams' view that "the potential usefulness to all
>libraries of records coded as PCC and produced in a timely fashion is more
>important than expending time to ensure that the cuttering complies
>strictly with the LC shelflist."
>
>--Karen
>
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>Cornell University
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