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Revisions to 'Provider-Neutral E-Monograph MARC Record Guide' and the 'MARC Record Guide for Monograph Aggregator Vendors'

Yael Mandelstam, Head of Cataloging at the Fordham University School of Law, has noted that the revised versions of the Provider-Neutral E-Monograph MARC Record Guide and the MARC Record Guide for Monograph Aggregator Vendors posted to the Library of Congress website. Yael highlights the following changes made to correspond with the BIBCO Standard Record (BSR) and other revisions reflect changes to the MARC format:

  • 008/23: use code “o”
  • 246: language changed to “Retain from source record or record provider-specific title variants if deemed important.” Also, explanatory notes are now optional, e.g.,
    246 1_ $i Available from some providers with title: $a [title]
    246 1_ $a [title]
  • Use 500 for Source of Title note and 588 for Description Based On note
  • 538: changed P-N guide to “… make a Mode of access note only if the resource is accessed by means other than the World Wide Web”
  • New FAQ 15 (P-N guide only): Should the provider-neutral record be used for resources that must be downloaded and accessed via e-readers or other electronic devices?

    Since the provider-neutral record focuses on the content of a resource rather than on its specific digital format, it should be used to describe any e-monograph that is either accessed directly online or is available online for downloading. URLs linking to free downloads of the resource from non-commercial sites (e.g., or may be included in the master record, but do not provide URLs for downloads via commercial sites (e.g., or Vendor-specific information about access restrictions, transmitting technologies, reading devices, etc. should be kept out of the OCLC master record but may be recorded locally in holdings or bibliographic records.

From the AALL TS-SIS discussion list 21Sep2010.

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