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Oh thank you Helen! I knew I had seen something about removing hyphens from 
ISBNs but have just been hunting through RDA and the LC-PCC PSes with no 
luck. This must have been it...

Celine

On Oct 24 2012, Helen Williams wrote:

>I dithered about punctuation in ISBNs but have just located this in the
>BL workflow...
>
>Record an Identifier for the Manifestation (2.15.1) An identifier for
>the manifestation is a character string associated with a manifestation.
>Identifiers include ISBNs, ISSNs. Take identifiers for the manifestation
>from any source. Do not record terms of availability, but do not remove
>if already present in the record. 4.2.1.3.
>
>
>------------------------------------------------------------------------
>--------
>
>
>ISBNRecord in the 020 $a an International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
>that you find in the resource or in any other source (1.3, 2.15).
>
>Record the ISBN in the 020 $a without hyphens and without "ISBN"
>preceding the numerals:
>
>020 ## $a077855466X
>
>The order of ISBNs is not relevant to RDA. However, record 13 digit ISBN
>first for original cataloguing, but don't change the order on derived
>records.
>
>
>
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CÚline Carty
English Cataloguing
Cambridge University Library
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