This form is to be used as the cover sheet on all proposals
for changes to the MARC 21 formats.  The proposal itself should
consist of a detailed analysis of the problem, the proposed
solution, and the justification for the change.  Include examples
of possible use where appropriate. All proposals are submitted to the
Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the address below.

      As an attachment to the proposal, please respond to the
questions appended below.


Format Type:      _____ Bibliographic           Date:
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                  _____ Community Information

Data Elements Affected by the Proposed Change (e.g., fields,
subfields, fixed-field character positions, etc.):

Brief Description of the Proposed Change:

Name, Address, and Telephone Number of Originator of Proposed

Name, Address, and Telephone Number of Sponsoring Organization:

Return this form to:   Sally H. McCallum, Chief, Network Development
                       and MARC Standards Office, Library of
                       Congress, Washington, DC  20540-4402
                       Voice: 202-707-5119  FAX: 202-707-0115
                       Email: smcc@loc.gov

*As an attachment to your proposal, please respond to the following

1. In the view of the proposing body, is the proposal so minor as
to require little or no cost consideration and no further response
to these guildline questions?

2. What identifiable groups will be affected by the proposed
change, e.g. public libraries, utilities, vendors of automated
library systems, LC, archivists, music catalogers?

3. Will adoption of the proposal effectively be optional or
mandatory by the groups affected?

4. Which groups will benefit from the proposal, and to what extent?
Is the benefit demonstrable in fiscal terms?

5. Has any study of the cost impact of this proposal been done? If
so, how are the results available to others?

6. If the proposing body sees the costs of the proposal as
potentially significant, what body do you believe would be the most
appropriate to carry out a study of those costs in order to gain
further information and precision?

7. Which groups will incur costs as a result of the proposal?

8. What kinds of costs are associated with the proposal, e.g.,
labor, training, data processing, communications? Are they one-time
or continuing costs?

9. Does the proposal have retrospective implications?  Will
existing records have to be changed, or materials reprocessed?

10. What proportion of materials processed, and of the records
created for them, will be affected?

11. Are codes or standards affected other than those specifically
addressed by the proposal?

12. Can the proposing body describe alternative ways of achieving
the ends of the proposal?

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