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The following statement regarding a delay in the CONSER Standard Record, was issued by Mechael Charbonneau, Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Committee Chair for 2007, on January 26, 2007:
"Previously it was announced that a phased implementation of the CONSER standard record would take place, with most elements implemented in the first phase on February 1, 2007 and other remaining elements in the second phase in a May/June 2007 timeframe. Several CONSER members raised concerns that a phased-in approach would have negative consequences on training and local implementation. In developing training material, it has become apparent that there are several clarifications that need to be made in documentation and the draft LCRIs related to the CONSER standard record that have been posted for comment. Additionally, the PCC continues to work with representatives of the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) to seek feedback on the compatibility of the new standard with RDA developments.
"Taking all of these concerns into consideration, the PCC Steering Committee has decided against the phased approach and has approved a delayed implementation of all recommended data elements of the new CONSER standard record.
"At the CONSER at large meeting held during ALA Midwinter, consensus was reached to wait for comments from the JSC before proceeding with implementation of the CONSER standard record. The expected date for JSC's discussion would be at their April meeting, or perhaps sooner, if the JSC is able to review the recommendations at an earlier meeting. Although agreement was not unanimous, the importance of CONSER libraries implementing the new standard record in a unified fashion was also supported by meeting attendees. In the event that remaining issues surrounding the full implementation of the standard record are not resolved by May, the CONSER Operations Committee will plan to discuss and recommend next steps at their regularly scheduled spring meeting.
"Many thanks to everyone involved in the recent discussions regarding the phased implementation of the CONSER standard record. I very much appreciate the PCC community's continued willingness to work collaboratively for the benefit of all concerned."