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CC:DA/MARBI Rep/2000/1

January 12, 2000

Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access

Report of the MARBI Representative to CC:DA
Midwinter 2000

Provided below is a brief synopsis of the proposals and discussion papers to be considered by MARBI at ALA Midwinter, 2000 in San Antonio. The complete MARBI documentation, from which this information is excerpted, can be found on the web page for the MARC Advisory Committee:

Proposal No. 2000-01: Definition of Subfield $z (Numbering Scheme) in Fields 853-855 (Captions and Patterns) of the MARC 21 Holdings Format

Source: Library of Congress, CONSER Publication Pattern Task Force

Summary: Proposes the adoption of a new subfield in fields 853-855 of the holdings format to assist in characterizing the attributes of enumeration levels. Coded values will indicate whether the numbering scheme is expressed Arabic numerals, Roman numerals, or Alphabetics.

MARBI Action Taken: Option 2 (a 2-3 character code) affirmed as right direction; to be continued at ALA Annual in Chicago.

Proposal No. 2000-03: Definition of Subfield $2 (Source of term) in Field 583 of the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Holdings Formats

Related MARBI Documents: 99-08 (June 1999)

Source: PARS, Intellectual Access Committee

Summary: Proposes in field 583 (Action Note) the definition of subfield $2 to indicate the thesaurus used for the terminology in the Action Note.

MARBI Action Taken: Approved with proviso that $2 is not repeatable.

Proposal No. 2000-04: Anonymous Attribution Information in Personal Name Headings

Related MARBI Documents: Discussion Paper 115 (June 1999)

Source: Art Libraries Society of North America, Cataloging Advisory Committee

Summary: Proposes two options for handling anonymous attribution information associated with personal names: use of subfield $g (Miscellaneous information) in X00 fields; define $j (Anonymous attribution information) in X00 fields.

MARBI Action Taken: Approved option 2: to define a new subfield $j.

Discussion Paper No. 120: Community Information Format Integration with the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format

Related MARBI Documents: Proposal 98-04 (January 1998)

Source: Library of Congress

Summary: Discusses possibility of integrating the Format Community Information with the Format for Bibliographic Data. Identifies the data elements that are unique in the CI Format and how the integration might impact the BI Format.

MARBI Action Taken: Discussed; Straw vote revealed that the majority in attendance did not want to pursue any further.

Proposal No. 2000-06: Defining URL Subfields in Fields, 505, 514, 520, 530, 545, 552, and 773

Related MARBI Documents: Discussion Paper 87 (June 1995); Discussion Paper 112 (January 1999); Proposal 99-08 (June 1999)

Source: MARC Advisory Committee

Summary: Discusses need for recording a URI in additional fields in the BI Format and the authority format. Fields include: 505 (Formatted Contents Note); 514 (Data Quality Note); 520 (Summary, Etc.); 530 (Additional Physical Form Available Note); 545 (Biographical or Historical Data); 552 (Entity and Attribute Information Note); and 773 (Host Item Entry)

MARBI Action Taken: Approved definition of $u in all 5XX fields but not in the 773 field; LC was asked to identify a place in the 514 and 552 fields for adding caption information. The other 5XX fields have a either a print constant, general text or caption subfield that can be used to indicate why a user might want to follow the URI provided.

Proposal No. 2000-02: Renaming of Subfield $u to Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) in Field 856 in MARC 21 Formats

Related MARBI Documents: Proposal 99-08 (June 1999); Proposal 97-9 (June 1997)

Source: Library of Congress

Summary: Proposes making subfield $g (Uniform Resource Name) obsolete in favor of recording both URLs and URNs in subfield $u. The name of the subfield would be changed to “Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)”.

MARBI Action Taken: Approved.

Proposal No. 2000-05: Uncontrolled Names as Subjects in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Community Information Formats

Related MARBI Documents: Proposal 96-02 (January 1996)

Source: OCLC CORC Project

Summary: Proposes that a second indicator be added to field 653 (Index Term-Uncontrolled) to identify data in the field as a name. The field would contain a name as subject that is not controlled in an authority file or list and/or has not been formulated according to cataloging rules.

MARBI Action Taken: Tabled pending further work and discussion at a later date.

Mark R. Watson,
MARBI Representative to CC:DA