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November 21, 1995

Library of Congress Publishes USMARC Update

Update No. 1 (March 1995) to the USMARC Format for Bibliographic Data is now available from the Library of Congress's Cataloging Distribution Service. This first update to the 1994 edition completes the Format Integration (FI) process, incorporating into the regular format specifications those FI and related changes that were previously documented in "Future" sections. Changes falling into this category are generally limited to the Leader and fields 006 to 008.

The update also includes new data elements added primarily to accommodate the latest technology. Examples include field 342 (Geospatial Reference Data) and field 786 (Data Source Entry). The largest number of pages in this update result from the addition of only one data element, subfield +v (Form subdivision), which can now be used in most subject access fields. Appendix A (National Level Record and Minimal Level Record Requirements) has also been revised to reduce its length by one-third (eliminating 24 pages).

The integrated USMARC Format for Bibliographic Data now supports the encoding of 14 different bibliographic record types. Seriality and archival control can now be applied to any of these. It is also possible to encode fixed-length data elements applicable to any material through the use of field 008 (Fixed-Length Data Elements) and the newly added field 006 (Fixed-Length Data Elements/Additional Physical Characteristics).

The update sells for $21 (North America) and $22 (outside North America). Order it directly from: Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service, P.O. Box 75560, Washington, DC 20013-5560; telephone (800) 255-3666 (U.S. only) or (202) 707-6100; fax (202) 707-1334; TDD (202) 707-0012.

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PR 95-156
ISSN 0731-3527

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