040 |b Language of Cataloging

From: Lisa Rowlison de Ortiz <lrowliso@library.berkeley.edu>

Date: Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Subject: use of 040 |b - please update your OCLC constant data

To: catstaff <catstaff@lists.berkeley.edu>

Dear OskiCat Catalogers,

Please make sure that all your OCLC constant data includes 040 subfield b.

Excerpt from OCLC Bib Formats & Standards:

‡b Language of cataloging   Identifies the language for those portions of the record, which according to cataloging rules, appear in the language of the cataloging agency (e.g., notes). The language is indicated by a three-letter language code in subfield ‡b. See MARC Code List for Languages (http://www.loc.gov/marc/languages/).

For UCB, which catalogs in English (that is, our catalog is an English language catalog - regardless of the language of the material being cataloged), this subfield should always be: |beng

The order of subfields for 040 is:

|a |b |e |c

Thus, if you've created an original CUY record using RDA, the field would look like this:

040   |aCUY|beng|erda|cCUY

If you have any questions about this, or if you need help updating your OCLC constant data, please let me know.