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WorldCat Validation release notes, July 2019

Release Date: July 15, 2019

Introduction

This release of changes to WorldCat Validation involves the following new features, enhancements, and bug fixes.

  • New features and enhancements
    • OCLC-MARC Implementation of Open Access Marker in Field 856 Subfield $7
    • OCLC-MARC Validations of New MARC Codes Announced April 19, May 3, and June 21, 2019
  • Bug fixes
    • Correction of MARC Subject Heading and Term Source Code “armarc”
    • Correction of Bibliographic 341 Subfield $a to Not Repeatable
    • Correction of Relationship Rules in All Rule Sets for Authority 371
    • Correction of LC Name Authority 500, 510, 511, 530, and 551 Subfield $i to Not Repeatable

These enhancements are the result of announcements of new MARC elements and codes by the Library of Congress as well as feedback and requests from members of the OCLC cooperative.

New features and enhancements

OCLC-MARC Implementation of Open Access Marker in Field 856 Subfield $7

You may now explicitly mark a URI for an online resource as open access, restricted access, unspecified, or other in the Bibliographic, Authority, and Holdings 856 subfield $7.

Field 856 - Electronic Location and Access (R)

Subfield $7 (New) (NR)

Code indicating the availability of access to the remote electronic resource the address of which appears in subfield $u. Subfield $7 applies to all subfields $u present in the field.

0 - Open Access

The remote electronic resource is freely and openly accessible online to everyone, without restriction, login, or payment.

1 - Restricted Access

The remote electronic resource is not freely and openly accessible online.

u - Unspecified

z - Other

Previously, there was no standardized means of indicating the accessibility of online resources.

OCLC-MARC Validations of New MARC Codes Announced April 19, May 3, and June 21, 2019

You may now use all new MARC Codes announced by the Library of Congress on April 19, May 3, and June 21, 2019. Full details of the new codes can be found in LC Technical Notice (April 19, 2019), Technical Notice (May 3, 2019), and Technical Notice (June 21, 2019).

Bug fixes

Correction of MARC Subject Heading and Term Source Code 'armarc"

You may now enter MARC Subject Heading and Term Source Code “armarc” (Lista ARMARC de encabezamientos de materia para bibliotecas mayores) in any Bibliographic or Authority subfield in which those codes are appropriate. Previously, an erroneous version of the code had been validated.

Correction of Bibliographic 341 Subfield $a to Not Repeatable

You may now enter only a single subfield $a (Content Access Mode) in the new Bibliographic field 341, Accessibility Content. The subfield is defined as not repeatable. Previously, the subfield had been inadvertently validated as repeatable.

Correction of Relationship Rules in All Rule Sets for Authority 371

You may now enter subfields $a (Address), $b (City), or $m (Electronic Mail Address) alone in Authority 371 (Address). This brings the Authority 371 relationship rules into compliance with the Descriptive Cataloging Manual:  Z1:  Name and Series Authority Records. Previously, only subfields $b and $m could appear alone in Authority 371.

Correction of LC Name Authority 500, 510, 511, 530, and 551 Subfield $i to Not Repeatable

You may now enter only a single subfield $i (Relationship Information) in LC Name Authority fields 500, 510, 511, 530, and 551. Although these subfields $i are defined in MARC 21 as repeatable, the PCC Guidelines for the Application of Relationship Designators in NACO Authority Records “Guideline 6:  Multiple Relationships with the Same Entity” instructs you to record “multiple relationships … in separate 5XX fields, each with a single relationship designator in a single subfield $i.” Previously, the subfields had been implemented as repeatable.

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