Thanks, Karen and Jon!
That's what I suspected, but I couldn't find anything on the web about the thought process behind ignoring the 590 altogether. We'll likely end up using a local version of the XSLT to map it the mods:note as you suggested. We simply don't want this information to be lost in our MODS record as we, for example, embed it inside a METS document.
On May 19, 2011, at 12:34 PM, Karen Miller wrote:
> The 590 is indeed defined for local use, so whatever your local institution
> uses it for should guide your mapping to MODS. There are some examples of
> what it's used for on the OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards pages:
> Frequently it's used as a note that is specific to a local copy of an item.
> If your institution uses it inconsistently, you might want to just map it to
> Karen D. Miller
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> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] MARCXML to MODS: 590 Field
> I'm going to guess that it's because 59x fields are defined for local use:
> ...but someone from LC should be able to confirm.
> Jon Stroop
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> On 05/19/2011 11:45 AM, Richard, Joel M wrote:
>> Dear hive-mind,
>> Does anyone know why the Library of Congress-supplied MARCXML to MODS XSLT
>  does not handle the MARC 590 Local Notes field? It seems to handle
> everything else, not that I've done an exhaustive search... :)
>> Granted, I could copy/create my own XSLT and add this functionality in
> myself, but I'm curious as to whether or not there's some logic behind this
> decision to not include it. Logic that I would not naturally understand
> since I'm not formally trained as a librarian.
>>  http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/v3/MARC21slim2MODS3-4.xsl
>> Joel Richard
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