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Library Systems Newsletter [August 1989]

AVIAC, the Automation Vendors Interface Advisory Committee, held its semi-annual meeting June 26th in Dallas. Attendees heard a progress report from the group which is working on a patron record standard (NISO SC LL). An initial draft is expected within a year. It also learned that the PLA/Community Information Section Technology Committee has completed work on data elements for information and referral files. It will next deal with formats. The most encouraging report was that the Common Command Language standard may be completed before the end of 1989. The two negative votes apparently are being resolved and submission to the American National Standards Institute can now be scheduled.

There was considerable discussion about MARC output verification. Should LC--or another agency--test records output by local library systems and certify whether they conform to the MARC format? The inconclusive nature of the discussion suggests that a special meeting on the topic may be necessary. There appeared to be agreement that at a minimum LC should prepare and sell a test package that vendors could use to do their own testing. LC made no commitment other than to project completion of its own deliberations by late summer, and to provide AVIAC participants with a paper to facilitate further discussion.

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Publication Year:1989
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 9 Number 08
Issue:August 1989
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss and Judy McQueen Contributing Editors
Subject: Automation Vendor Interface Advisory Committee (AVIAC)
Common command language
Record Number:4618
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