I realize the issue is very complicated for serials, sets, and
analytics, but speaking solely as a monographic cataloger of foreign
language titles who sees a depressing number of publisher stock "series"
on series title pages, title pages, p[ages]. opposite t.p.[s], p[ages].
- of covers, colophons, and spines (if spine information, often
the only source of volume numbering, has not been obscured--thus
preventing the creation of a PCC record), I have to confess my feelings
of elation on Friday when I read of LC's decision. The length of time
required to research and set up these series (are there conflicts? what
qualifier to use? place? publisher? is it already set up, or must I do
it? have place/publisher changed?) is inversely proportional to their
worth and their use to the general public. It took me years to realize
that the series "10/18" (now a quoted note) refers to book size: 10
centimeters across, 18 centimeters down--your average paperback. In
addition, I believe that the general quality of series authority records
from all sources has somewhat declined over the past few years, often
because of inadequate research. I have found myself wishing that some
records had never been created.