Based solely on my entirely unscientific observation of the flow of
materials through here, I wonder if this statement from Gary:
"An analysis of LC series authority records from previous years suggested
that most of them were for series that never appeared in materials we
acquired here, with the implication that LC's cessation of series authority
record creation wouldn't create much of a stir once the initial noise died
has anything to do with the geometrically expanding number of series
statements on juvenile materials, which I assume Northwestern wouldn't be
collecting. Does anyone have any statistics on the number of series
statements attached to juvenile materials as a percentage of the number of
new series appearing? We have a steady stream of such series statements,
many of which pertain to series that only appear for a year or two, and in
my observation are more related to sales promotion than any other kind of
linking. LC's cessation of series authority record creation may, then, be
affecting public libraries and other libraries collecting juvenile materials
more than it is libraries that don't collect a lot of juvenile materials.
Throw in the multitude of similarly-phrased series statements having to do
with common things like animals, flags or states, and it's still a mess in
our sector of the bibliographic world.
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Subject: Re: Seeking information on series practice
Our loader programs (most importantly those that do routine loads of vendor
records for current acquisitions) now make an attempt at comparing 490:0
fields to authority records. If the program finds a reliable match
(including comparison of publisher statements) the program adjusts the
series in the bibliographic record as appropriate; otherwise it sends me an
e-mail message. It takes just a few minutes a day to scan the e-mail
messages and, if warranted, do something about them. (Perhaps 50% of the
time, I simply add a new 643 field to the local copy of the NACO record to
allow series in future items to be verified automatically. Non-conflicting
new series I leave for others to deal with as materials are handled.) Our
cataloger's toolkit uses the same code to attempt matches between 490:0s and
authority records, and to adjust bibliographic records automatically as
We have seen only a slight increase in the number of series authority
records created in the past year. An analysis of LC series authority
records from previous years suggested that most of them were for series that
never appeared in materials we acquired here, with the implication that LC's
cessation of series authority record creation wouldn't create much of a stir
once the initial noise died down. A few more records here, and a few more
new records at other institutions, and we appear to have filled the gap
without putting undue stress on anyone.
At 06:35 AM 10/29/2007, Amy H Turner wrote:
In a month or so, the PCC Ad Hoc Series Review Task Force will post
a discussion paper on the future of PCC series authority control. At this
point, we would like to hear from PCC libraries about their current
practices. We would also appreciate any information on studies that have
been done on how series are used (by both library staff and by other users),
costs of series authority control, etc.
Gary L. Strawn, Authorities Librarian, etc.
Northwestern University, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston IL 60208-2300
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