[Enhance] OCLC QC Tip of the Month / Sept. 2011: Provider-Neutral
ebook cataloging policy - additional formats coming
goodsonl at oclc.org
Tue Sep 6 07:46:54 PDT 2011
[Cross-posted to multiple lists-- please excuse/ignore duplication]
The provider-neutral cataloging policy, originally implemented on August
1, 2009 by the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, changed the
cataloging of eBook resources resulting in fewer bibliographic records.
Provider-neutral records are the same as Aggregator-neutral records.
They are bibliographic records which contain information common to all
equivalent manifestations of an eBook. Information specific to any one
provider is generally omitted except for the 856 field.
Provider-neutral records are base records available in the shared
cataloging environment of WorldCat to which libraries can add
information locally as needed. OCLC staff have been working to
neutralize existing eBook records. Some examples of records which are
provider-neutral and where Duplicate Detection and Resolution has merged
the other versions are: #71425188, #191943299, #228168934, #568747838.
Catalogers are encouraged to create only one record to represent
equivalent manifestations of an eBook. Duplicates can be reported to
OCLC Quality Control by sending email to bibchange at oclc.org or while
viewing a bibliographic record in Connexion go to the Action menu and
choose Report Error. This opens a window with an area for free-text,
and upon sending includes a copy of the record as it appeared at the
time the window was opened.
for a recording of a Provider-Neutral Webinar, as well as a PowerPoint
presentation. Also, the Provider-neutral e-monograph MARC record guide
(including June 2011 revisions) can be accessed here:
This policy currently applies only to eBooks, and not to other
monographic formats such as eAudio, streaming video, etc. The eBooks
may be issued as born-digital resources, current
simultaneously-issued-with-print editions, or scanned reproductions of
previous existing materials. Create a provider-neutral record for eBooks
even if no equivalent manifestations exist at the point of cataloging.
Provider-Neutral guidelines for formats others than textual are in the
works and are expected to be announced in the coming months.
If you have questions, please send email to: askqc at oclc.org
<mailto:askqc at oclc.org>
Consulting Database Specialist
OCLC Quality Control Section
6565 Kilgour Place MC 139
Dublin, Ohio, USA 43017-3395
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