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PCC Announces Implementation of BIBCO Standard Record, January 4, 2010

Quick Reminder:

The PCC Policy Committee (PoCo) has set January 4, 2010 as the
implementation date for the BIBCO Standard Record (BSR) guidelines
for printed books as outlined in the Final Report of the Task Group
on BIBCO Standard Record Requirements.

* The PCC has posted the BSR guidelines, Metadata Application
Profile (MAP), and a BSR FAQ to support implementation.  
Links appear below this announcement. 

* Libraries contributing BSR records for printed books (excluding
rare books) using the BIBCO Standard Record requirements will use the
single encoding level .blank..  This replaces the use of BIBCO Full
and Core standards for printed books.

* Libraries contributing BIBCO records for rare books, electronic
books, and materials in non-book formats will continue to code full
records .blank. and core records .4., until BSR guidelines can
be developed.

* Encoding level .4. will remain as a valid encoding level in
OCLC for earlier BIBCO core records and for records not contributed as
PCC printed book records in the future.  It is understood that batch
loading processes by libraries that catalog in local systems may result
in some BIBCO core level records entering OCLC even after January 4,

* The Standing Committee on Standards is charged with developing
BSR guidelines for rare books, for electronic books, and for monographs
in non-book formats, in consultation with appropriate stakeholders.

* The Standing Committee on Training is charged with developing
training materials aimed primarily at libraries joining the BIBCO

PoCo extends its thanks to the Task Group members and liaisons:  

Members: Magda El-Sherbini, Ohio State University, Rebecca Malek-Wiley,
Tulane University, Caroline Miller, University of California, Los
Angeles, Louise Ratliff, University of California, Los Angeles, Carolyn
Sturtevant, Coop, Library of Congress, Iris Wolley, Columbia University

Liaisons: Joe Kiegel, Standing Committee on Standards, University of
Washington, Rebecca Lubas, Standing Committee on Automation, University
of New Mexico, Bob Wolverton, Standing Committee on Training,
Mississippi State University 

The full BSR announcement:

The BSR Implementation document:


The Final Report of the TG on BIBCO Standard Record Requirements:


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BIBCO Interim Report 2009

BIBCO Standard Record Requirements has recently issued their Interim Report of the Task Group on BIBCO Standard Record Requirements dated March 20, 2009.

If you’re interested in cataloging monographs, this is information you’ll be interested in.

According to BIBCO:

In October 1995, PCC-member libraries began participating in this newest program. Many of the participants were former NCCP (National Coordinated Cataloging Program) libraries. BIBCO members are responsible for contributing full or core level bibliographic records. These records are identified as PCC records and notable for their complete authority work (both descriptive and subject), a national level call number (such as LC classification or NLM classification), and at least one subject access point drawn from nationally recognized thesauri such as LCSH, MeSH, etc., as appropriate.

The good news is that anyone can read this interim report and submit comments.

, To forward comments to the Task Group and to facilitation compilation, please follow these guidelines:
1.  Use “BIBCO Standard Record” as the subject line in your email:
2.  Refer to specific sections of the text and to specific tags when commenting (i.e. “Characteristics, point 2”, or “MAP, 546”, or “Guidelines, 246”)
3.  Send your emails to the address designated as the official site for comments: Coop@LOC.GOV by Friday, April 24, 2009.

Task group members and PCC leadership will be observing lists where discussion is anticipated.  The TG looks forward to reading the comments emailed to Coop@LOC.GOV

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