Thanks, Mary. We, being bottomline conscious in a way that only a for-profit
entity fully can, do not have an authorities vendor. Nor do most of our
customers--many of whom don't even have a cataloger onstaff to explain their
voluminous and comprehensive cataloging specifications when we do orders for
What I'm hoping for is a periodic list of changes that might only need to be
generated during a relatively brief period when I fear that wholesale
changes will be made to NARs involving closing death dates of people
considered significant. Of course name authority changes will continue long
after that, but once the world is made safe for freedom and goodness by the
closing off of Princess Di's record and the like, I'm assuming the volume of
changes will drop off and the situation vis-a-vis changed name headings will
return to normal.
We already check name headings for all new works cataloged, but I'd like to
keep our database relatively clean, too. I'll drop Mary at Marcive a line
and see what it might cost for us to simply purchase their list of changes
if such an option is available.
Quality Books Inc.
The Best of America's Independent Presses
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From: Lasater, Mary C [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2005 11:28 AM
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Subject: Re: Proposal to allow addition of dates to personal name headings
I get a paper list each month from my vendor (Marcive) of all headings (in
our file) with changes in the 1xx field and any authority records with a
change to the personal 'unique' name code in the fixed field. I don't really
want to see/review all changes to authority records.
--On Friday, July 15, 2005 11:57 AM -0500 Mike Tribby
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> "I suggest we accept the proposal, begin to work out the problems, and
> in five years we will think it a quaint reminder of older times when
> we stumble upon a heading for some obscure person that still has an
> open date, 1901-"
> One step in working out any problems might be to explore the
> feasibility of a list of NAR changes being generated weekly. Any
> thoughts on whether this could be done?
> Mike Tribby
> Senior Cataloger
> Quality Books Inc.
> The Best of America's Independent Presses
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Mary Charles Lasater
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