I would like to add to this discussion a point which I don't think
has been mentioned yet: Once an authority record is in your local
system, you can add whatever you like to suit the needs of your
users, including 680 fields if they are supported there. There
may be too much variation in the needs of local user groups
to support adding these notes to national-level authority records.
It may require some extra maintenance when these records are
overwritten by updates, but perhaps local vendors can deal with
that issue too.
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On Thu, 3 Feb 2000, Robert Maxwell wrote:
> At 11:29 AM 2/3/00 -0500, you wrote:
> >I am confused by the direction this discussion is taking, and I DO
> >understand A. Franks's point, which seems to me to be that most (if
> >not all?) relevant information can be put into public notes, that is,
> >670s and 675s.
> The problem being discussed is (is it not?) that 670s and 675s are NOT
> public notes, and therefore do not display to the public. (I know that the
> MARC authority definition of these fields does not specifically say they
> are not public, but I think most systems would not display these fields to
> the public, both given their content and given the fact that there is in
> fact a note field, 680, which is specifically labelled as a public note.) I
> think the point being made is that much (or perhaps only some) information
> we are currently putting in these fields (and which thus do not display to
> the public) would be useful information for our patrons to see, and
> therefore in certain situations it would be nice to have the option of
> creating a record using a note field that does display to the public.
> Most information does have a source, which can be
> >cited--"Info from author's sister, date$b(Jane Blow is widow of Joe
> >Blow)"--and doesn't usually arise from the cataloger communing with
> >him/herself. The only truly "private" notes I've run across as a
> >Library of Congress cataloger have been on the order of: "author's
> >year of birth XXXX; do not make this information public until 50
> >years after author's death" (I really ran across one like that). What
> >kind of truly "non-public" information are we talking about?
> >Joan Biella
> >Library of Congress
> >NOT an official statement
> Robert L. Maxwell
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