Dear Ms. Grosner:
Did you check for the Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication
Data usually at the bottom of the verso (opposite side) of the title
page? The author's name tyically will appear there and in an
Also, if you look the book up in another catalog (LoC; another
educational institution, etc...), you may find it's already been
cataloged and you can check the author's name as assigned in the
Give these steps a try and good luck.
Karen Trivette CANNELL, MLS
New York State Archives
Albany, N.Y. 12230
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Ladies and Gentlemen
I'm having a problem I'm hoping you can help me solve. I was taught
in my cataloguing classes in library school that the author's name comes
from the title page of a book (when entering information into the card
catalog). In the system that I'm now using, after I enter authors,
titles, subject headings, I have to go to the system's authority control
to verify the headings. Many times, what I have from the title page
isn't what's in the authority control. How do I tell what's correct? For
example let's use K.A. Applegate. On the title page of every Animorphs
book, the author's name is K. A. Applegate. The authority control lists
her (I didn't know it was a "her') as Applegate, K. (Kathryn) A. (Alice)
. How am I supposed to know that K.A. Applegate is the name person as
Kathryn Alice Applegate? That was an easy one. What about David Wilson?
My authority control gives me Wilson, David Henry, 1937-. I can't tell
if my David Wilson is David Henry Wilson. I check the LoC authority
control but I can't begin to tell you how many David Wilsons (with or
without a middle name, with or without birth/death dates) are listed!
How do I choose what's right? Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance for your help.