MARC: News and Announcements ( November 21, 2003 )

TECHNICAL NOTICE ( November 21, 2003 )

Additions to MARC Code List for Languages

Network Development and MARC Standards Office
Library of Congress


The following codes have been approved for use in the international language code standard, ISO 639-2 (Codes for the Representation of Names of Languages--Part 2: alpha-3 code) and are likewise being added to the MARC Code List for Languages. They will be included in the next edition of the MARC Code List for Languages (date to be announced).

New code Language name Previously coded
byn Bilin cus (Cushitic (Other))
dsb Lower Sorbian wen (Sorbian languages)
hsb Upper Sorbian wen (Sorbian languages)
jbo Lojban (Artificial language) n/a

LC Implementation Plans
Subscribers can anticipate receiving MARC records reflecting these changes in all distribution services not earlier than January 21, 2004.

Questions regarding the MARC language codes should be directed to:

Cataloging Policy and Support Office
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540-4305
(202) 707-4380
E-MAIL: [email protected]


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