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Serials Item Volume Standards

General Principles

  1. OPAL bibliographic records will be added and maintained in accordance with the following general principles:
    • National cataloging standards will be maintained. See Appendix A. For exceptions to national cataloging standards, See Appendix K.
    • OPAL bibliographic records will be shared by the consortium and should contain minimal local information. See Explanation.
    • Duplicate records should be avoided.
  2. OPAL authority records are shared and maintained by the system administrators and Library Technologies, Inc.
  3. Libraries must search OPAL first to determine if a bibliographic record exists for an item before exporting records.
  4. All bibliographic records must have at least an attached checkin, item, or order record.