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Discusses the basic issues relating to bibliographic control of maps and related materials. Discusses rules and standards covering such cataloging, as well as application of the rules and principles both in general and in response to specific problems, and various practicing options.
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As originally announced in August, OCLC began a project in September to remove 655 fields from bibliographic records in WorldCat containing terms that are not appropriate for the field because they are indications of the type of carrier of the resource rather than an indication of the genre/form. Information about the carrier may be provided in other areas of the bibliographic record including OCLC Fixed Field, 006, 007, 300, and 3xx fields. The 655 fields removed contained terms (see list below in this message) beginning with "Electronic" coded as coming from LCSH, LCGFT, an unspecified controlled vocabulary, or local controlled vocabulary. These examples represent the four scenarios where the field is removed:
655 _0 Electronic books
655 _7 Electronic books $2 lcgft
655 _4 Electronic books
655 _7 Electronic books $2 local
NEW: To expand the cleanup project even further, we have recently added the following four additional terms to the list to delete in the bibliographic record 655 field for 2nd indicator 0, 4, or 7 with subfield $2 lcgft, $2 lcssh, or $2 local. They will be deleted if the heading begins with:
These terms are added to the list (below) contained in the September 29, 2022, message. We are removing both the singular and plural forms of all the terms (thus the marks of omission representing "dictionary" and "dictionaries").
Electronic audio book
Electronic government information
Electronic government publication
Electronic masters project
Electronic student paper
If your organization would still like to have "Electronic books" or similar terms in field 655 there are other options that can be used, such as Local Bibliographic Data (LBD) for those institutions that use the WorldShare Management System (WMS). For information on LBDs, please see 3.4.1 Copy- or Institution-Specific Information: https://www.oclc.org/bibformats/en/specialcataloging.html#copyorinstitutionspecificinformation. For institutions that have other integrated library platforms you can export the record with a 655 second indicator 4 or second indicator 7 and subfield 2 "local" when the term is in a local control vocabulary list. Please do not leave this field on WorldCat records as it will be deleted.
Thanks to all of you who provided suggestions for this list and indicated your support of this project.
Please pardon any duplication of this message.
Cynthia M. Whitacre (she/her)
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