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March 2, 1994

Library of Congress Offers Update to Serials Cataloging Manual

Update No. 1 to the CONSER Cataloging Manual is now available from the Library of Congress's Cataloging Distribution Service. The update is essential for all CONSER manual (base text) users. The complete CONSER Cataloging Manual, a continuing effort under the direction of LC's Serial Record Division, consists of three parts:

Part 1: Original cataloging--the base text, available now.

Part 2: Adapting records for on-line cataloging--one module available now in Update No. 1.

Part 3: Special types of serials and special problems--one module available now in Update No. 1.

Update No. 1 features two important and new modules. Interpreting Pre-AACR2 Serial Cataloging Records--(Module 22 from Part 2) prepared by LC's Jean Hirons, Serial Record Division--is an overview of the ALA and AACR cataloging rules that predated AACR2 and explains how these rules were applied to serials. It covers choice of entry and changes in entry, description, and headings for corporate names. This section is useful for retrospective conversion and to any serial cataloger who deals with older records.

Direct Access Computer File Serials (Module 30 from Part 3) was prepared by Kristin Lindlan and Anke Gray (University of Washington) with assistance by Janet Szarmach (LC). For the first time, in-depth guidance for cataloging serials in CD- ROM, floppy disk, and magnetic tape ("direct access") formats is presented. Reflecting current CONSER practices, this module covers all aspects of the serials cataloging process, focusing on the aspects that are unique to computer files.

Update No. 1 to the manual includes a binder for Parts 2-3, tabs, updated glossary, updated list of acronyms and initialisms, and updated index. Price: $48 in North America/$50 outside North America. Also available: CONSER Cataloging Manual (Part 1)--the base text. Price: $60 in North America/$65 outside North America. To order, contact: Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service, Customer Support Unit/Dept. DK, Washington, DC 20541-5017. Telephone: 1-800-255-3666 (toll-free in U.S.) or (202) 707-6100. TDD: (202) 707-0012. Fax: (202) 707-1334. Major credit cards are accepted.

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PR 94-046
ISSN 0731-3527

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