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The Newsletter of the Health Sciences OCLC Users Group
January 2001

Proposal to: OCLC Users Council

Date: October 9, 2000

From: Health Sciences OCLC Users Group

Re: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and OCLC Services

The Health Sciences OCLC Users Group (HSOCLCUG) would like to refresh its "Resolution on Loading MeSH into the OCLC Authority File". We are interested in working with OCLC to plan a load of the 2001 edition of MeSH. The Group would be very interested in attempting a MeSH load into the Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC). We would suggest that an initial load include only the MeSH records for topical headings and not the subheadings or qualifiers.

The CORC system offers unique authority features that have been, previously, unavailable to us. The availability of Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) in CORC is very exciting and we would like to have all these features offered for MeSH, as well. MeSH users would be benefited in the following ways:

  1. Ability to import single MeSH authority records
  2. Ability to use the CORC authority features, such as "Control All"
  3. Global maintenance of MeSH headings in CORC

The Health Sciences OCLC Users Group is also working to encourage medical librarians to offer their expertise in the selection and description of health science electronic resources, thus enriching the CORC database. Could you help us to make our proposal for this project a reality on the OCLC agenda for implementation?

The original MeSH load resolution was passed at the 1995 HSOCLCUG annual meeting (see below). MeSH in OCLC cataloging and authority services continue to be an important issue for our Group.

Thank you for your consideration of our proposal.


Mary Holt, President-elect
Tulane University Health Sciences Center, Rudolph Matas Medical Library, New Orleans, LA

Dan Kniesner, MeSH MARC, Committee Chair Oregon Health Sciences University Library, Portland OR

Betsy Friesen, CORC Liaison Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Please take a few minutes review the proposal and respond to the survey:

Medical Subejct Headings(MeSH) / Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC) Survey:



Originally published: Start of Message and Annual Proceedings No. 75/76 (June-September 1995), p. 13.

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