_________________________________________________________________ MARC 21 FORMATS PROPOSED CHANGE FORM _________________________________________________________________ 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: _____ Authorities _____ Holdings _____ Classification _____ 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 Change: 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: firstname.lastname@example.org ------------------------------------------------------------------- *As an attachment to your proposal, please respond to the following questions. 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?