As of May 21, 2004, the National Library of Canada (NLC) and the National Archives of Canada (NAC) became Library and Archives Canada (LAC). The National Library of Canada (NLC) Control Number was renamed to Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Control Number in Update no. 5 of the MARC 21 format for Bibliographic data.
In order to accommodate the century change, the National Library of Canada is planning to change the structure of its control number (present in fields 001 and 016 in records distributed by the Library through its MARC Records Distribution Service).
The current structure of the number is:
Positions Element 0 Blank 1-2 Year 3-8 Number 9 Check digit 10 Language code 11 Blank 12-n Revision indicator
In order to avoid ambiguity in records distributed in the year 2001 and beyond, the Library has decided to expand the year element from two digits to four digits. The proposed new structure is:
0-3 Year 4-9 Number 10 Check digit 11 Language code 12-n Revision indicator
NLC control numbers assigned prior to implementation will not be changed.
The new structure will be implemented in January 2001.
For further information, please contact:
Library and Archives Canada
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4