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Series at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has modified their series policy. The new series policy was implemented on June 1, 2006. The following is the Library of Congress statement regarding the new series policy http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/series.html.

Below is a summary of the current LC series policy

  • LC will create bibliographic records for all resources in series and assign “classed separately” call numbers, except for the following catagories
    • The following categories will not be analyzed and will be classed as a collection; series authority records will not be consulted, created, or updated:
      • Numbered multipart monographs with all parts lacking analyzable titles
      • Unnumbered multipart monographs cataloged per “2A cataloging” guidelines (“2A cataloging” is a local LC practice to create a made-up collected set record for an unnumbered multipart monograph, assigning numbers to parts as received)
      • Complete editions of collected works of individual composers (classed as M3)
      • Auction and sales catalogs
      • Legal multipart monographs identified by LC’s Law Library
    • The following category will not be analyzed and will not be classified; series authority records will not be consulted, created, or updated:
      • Technical report series identified by LC’s Science, Technology, and Business Division or LC’s Asian Division and shelved in those divisions
    • The following categories will be analyzed in full but will be classed as a collection; series authority records will not be consulted, created, or updated:
      • Scholarly collections of music historical sources eligible to be classed together in M2
      • “Web access to monographic series” project in LC’s Social Sciences Cataloging Division
      • Microform sets
      • Proceedings of a single conference published in more than one volume with analyzable volume titles
      • Legal monographic series and multipart monographs identified by LC’s Law Library
  • In newly-created bibliographic records for LC original cataloging (040 $a is solely “DLC”), the series statement will be given in a 490 0# field. LC will not use the 042 “pcc” code in any record for a monograph or integrating resource.
  • In newly-created CIP-partnered cataloging, in PCC member copy used for cataloging, and in non-PCC copy cataloging, existing series statements/access points will be accepted as is and “passed through.” If the other library’s call number is a “collected set” call number (i.e., series numbering included at end of subfield $b), that call number will be retained in the record as a 050 14 field.
  • Series bibliographic maintenance will be restricted to adding or correcting series statements (490 0#); controlled access points (440/8XX fields) won’t be added or modified.
  • Revisions of the four “basic” Library of Congress Rule Interpretations and other documentation, revised during June, will be included in the November update of Cataloger’s Desktop, etc.

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