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NYTSL Fall Program: The Future of MARC

Fall Program Friday, November 4, 2011

The Future of MARC

Location: The Carroll Classroom in the Uris Center for Education at The
Metropolitan Museum of Art.  1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York
City.  Use the 81st Street entrance behind the south fountain.
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Join NYTSL for our annual fall program as we discuss the future of
bibliographic description and MARC with former LOC "digital pioneer"
Rebecca Guenther. Building off our Spring Program on RDA, we'll be looking
at how or if MARC can support the content new standard. Does MARC need to
change? Or do we need to support new structure and encoding standards for

Rebecca Guenther has 35 years of experience in national libraries,
primarily working on library technology standards related to digital
libraries. Most of her professional life has been at the Library of
Congress developing national and international standards related to
metadata. This includes 22 years on the development and maintenance of the
MARC formats and the development of related XML formats, such as MODS and
MADS. She has served on numerous standards and implementation committees,
several as chair, is widely published in professional literature, and has
given many tutorials, workshops and presentations. She recently began to
explore use of semantic web technology and the potential of Linked Data.
She left the Library of Congress in August 2011 to work as a consultant on
metadata development and planning.

Refreshments served, 6:00-7:00 pm
Meeting and program, 7:00-8:30 pm

Registration is now open for NYTSL's Fall Program on Friday, November 4,
2011. Please see instructions at

Due to limited space, we unfortunately cannot accept walk-in registration.
Please also note the updated contact information for our treasurer.

Future of MARC

Amy Eklund of Georgia Perimeter College discussed her 2004 research project at the CCS forum, the Future of MARC.  She took over 56 million OCLC records and has been studying them ever since  to see how MARC is used by catalogers.

Project Documentation

OCLC Technical Bulletin 257

On August 16, 2009, OCLC plans to implement the changes related to the
OCLC-MARC Bibliographic, Authority, and Holdings Formats Update 2009.
This will include MARC 21 Updates No. 8 (October 2007) and No. 9
(October 2008), MARC Code List changes since July 2008, and user and
OCLC staff suggestions.  OCLC Technical Bulletin 257, which presents the
details, is now available at

(by Jay Weitz)