This announcement is being cross-posted, apologies for the duplication. The RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee (BSC) and the Task Group for Developing a Standard for Core Treatment of Rare Books is pleased to announce that the Core Standard for Rare Books (DCRB Core) is now available for use. This standard received public comment at an open meeting held at ALA Midwinter, January 9, 1998. The document reflects discussion at this meeting as well as comments by the PCC's Standing Committee on Standards. The PCC Policy Committee has approved the report and the standard and both are now available on the PCC website http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/dcrbreport.html and http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/dcrbcore.html The Standard itself is actually a template to be superimposed on the already existing core for books since there is so little difference. The Standard has links to two other documents (Options and Examples) prepared by the RBMS BSC which we expect will facilitate the use of the Standard. PCC will maintain the standard itself and RBMS BSC will maintain the list of optional areas and examples.