Author: Karen Anderson Date: To: Backstage Library Works Authority Contol Listserv Subject: Re: [BSLWAC] Backstage - NAF Cleanup Phase 3B Postponed
Although most of the over 8 million authority records in the NAF will be changed during Phase 3B, the majority of the changes will not have any effect on bibliographic headings. The changes are mostly coding fixes like changing to code z in 008/10, and record enhancements such as adding ISNI numbers, adding $e rda to the 040, and adding 046 and 3XX fields where possible. But there will be some changes to headings that could affect bibliographic records. Although no changes will be made to the headings in 1XX fields during Phase 3B, second indicators and ending punctuation will be removed from 1XX as well as 4XX, and 5XX fields. Also, where possible, qualifiers will be added to 4XX fields that consist of initials or acronyms.
It won't be possible to opt out of Phase 3B without opting out of your normal authority updating. So our recommendation is that we at least send you the authority records that have had a heading changed during Phase 3B so you can keep your bibliographic headings updated. The rest of the records can just be kept in our copy of your authority file. Then as normal updates to the NAF are made going on from Phase 3B, we'll be able to send you the fully updated and enhanced records.
Please let us know if you would like more information or have any further questions.
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During the LC JSC update in the Authority Control Interest Group's session at ALA in Boston, Janis Young informed us that the NAF Phase 3B cleanup has been postponed until further notice.
Originally, the plan was aiming for April 2015 (link<http://www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/rda/RDA%20Task%20Groups.html>) to at least initiate the 3B cleanup. However, it appears that the committee has run into some issues to resolve in connection with the updates planned. One major component of this was to insert ISNI identifiers in 024 fields.
As we have warned in previous listserv posts, completing the 3B cleanup would entail redistributing 99% of our client's authorities to them to essentially overlay/replace at their end. Our understanding is that LC still plans on giving the community 4-6 weeks' notice before committing to a date. We do not currently know how long this postponement will last.
Please let us know any questions you may have about this information.