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PCCLIST April 2006

Subject:

Re: LC's series announcement

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Rachel Wadham <[log in to unmask]>

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Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Mon, 24 Apr 2006 11:35:13 -0600

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Charles Croissant wrote:

"I am also concerned about the decision-making process here. LC has a
special position in the Anglo-American library community, and with that
position come special obligations. A decision of this magnitude should
not be made unilaterally, without input from all the other interested
parties."

At this point one of the unknowns is how the PCC will respond to this
decision and what final decisions they will make. I feel that the PCC
is at a critical cross roads, we need to position ourselves as an
organization for the future. I think it now up to the PCC to take the
role LC has held and take over the special obligations that it now seems
to have rejected. I hope that as things are discussed that the PCC with
get input from all interested parties and make a decision that stands
with tried and true standards and principles. LC has the right to make
decisions for their own collections, but the PCC needs to make decisions
that are best for the whole cataloging community. This is a very
critical crossroads and I feel that a poor decision at this point for
the PCC could mean that the PCC will no longer be a viable force in the
cataloging world and we will have to cease any cooperative effort at
all. It is now up to us to decide if the PCC will die or if it will be
a vital force into the future. I hope that more discussions will take
place and that the PCC will make an informed decision.

Rachel Wadham

Rachel L. Wadham
Name Authorities Librarian/NACO Coordinator
[log in to unmask]
6736 Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602
(801) 422-6780
Fax: (801)422-0468
-----Original Message-----
From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of Charles Croissant
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 11:11 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: LC's series announcement

I would like to second Rachel's comments most emphatically. In the
humanities as well as in the sciences, we have scholars who are familiar

with the major series published in their disciplines, and expect that
they will be able to search on those series titles and get meaningful
results (for example, series with identical titles having qualifiers for

differentiation, so that the series tracings don't just interfile
randomly). To my mind, keyword searching on series titles will not
provide the results they need. And students and faculty are not the only

users of our catalogs -- we librarians are users as well. I believe that

series tracings are essential for acquisitions and collection
development.

Another aspect I'd like to mention: series access may be perceived as
less than crucial in the English-speaking world, but research libraries
don't collect in English only. I catalog primarily monographs in German,

Italian, and French, and practically every one I touch has a series
statement. We have a number of standing orders for foreign series which
we have carefully maintained for more than a century at this point. I
can't feel that it is right to turn my back on that legacy and say that
it's no longer feasible to provide that kind of access.

I am also concerned about the decision-making process here. LC has a
special position in the Anglo-American library community, and with that
position come special obligations. A decision of this magnitude should
not be made unilaterally, without input from all the other interested
parties.

I appreciate that LC is under severe pressure financially. But that
should mobilize all American librarians to advocate for a larger budget
for LC -- we should not passively acquiesce in the gradual degradation
of library services we all rely on.

Charles R. Croissant

Charles R. Croissant
Associate Professor
Senior Catalog Librarian
Pius XII Memorial Library
Saint Louis University
3650 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108-3302
(314) 977-3098
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Rachel Wadham wrote:

> My experience is just the opposite, we have a very large number of
> patrons, especially in the science and literature disciplines who use
> series and who would find not tracing them a lack of service. The
> other part of this is when we don't control series we cannot class
> them together as effectively. I know some professors who know the call

> number of a series and go right to it to find new volumes. They always

> let me know when the series is not in the right place. This also has
> critical implications for our acquisitions and serial staff. Without
> series control they will have a harder time knowing what portions of a

> subscription we have. I think series are more used then anyone would
> ever imagine.
>
> Rachel Wadham
>
> Rachel L. Wadham
>
> Name Authorities Librarian/NACO Coordinator
>
> [log in to unmask]
>
> 6736 Harold B. Lee Library
>
> Brigham Young University
>
> Provo, Utah 84602
>
> (801) 422-6780
>
> Fax: (801)422-0468
>
>
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