This Provider-Neutral E-Monograph Record Task Group Report was released in March by the Task Group which was formed after the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Library Association.
“The Provider-Neutral E-Monograph proposal is intended to encompass records for monographic titles that are simultaneously issued in print and online, digital reproductions of print resources, and born-digital resources.”
It is likely that the PCC Policy Committee will approve this proposal which would then apply to all PCC member libraries with some implications for non-PCC libraries who contribute records to OCLC.
The Task Group considered the following:
- To develop a provider-neutral cataloging model for a single bibliographic record that could be used for all the instances of an online monograph. This is to include records for resources, that, in the past, have been cataloged variously as reproductions or electronic editions.
- To recommend best practices for flexible use of these records in libraries.
- To recommend ways to promote the use of these records among cataloging agencies and publishers/providers who create and issue cataloging copy for online monographic records.
- To explore the feasibility of collapsing multiple records for electronic monographic resources in OCLC into single, provider-neutral records, and to make recommendations for implementing the process.
Includes appendices with Frequently Asked Questions about the Provider-Neutral E-Monograph Record and a chart comparing AACR2 Chapter 9, LCRI 1.11A and Proposed Provider-Neutral Model.