Sorry, I thought it went without saying that one should make sure one has used the *correct* heading before controlling it :-) Thank you for the reminder, though. I've had to fix headings that have been linked to the wrong authority record too.
When I said it was a convenient way to ensure that all needed authority work had been done I didn't mean we should just let the headings automatically control without checking. I meant that once I'm done with the record, if I've controlled the headings it's perfectly plain (since the controlled headings are a different color) if I've forgotten to do authority work on any heading.
And I understand the problem with the undifferentiated headings and agree that it probably isn't a good idea to control them.
Robert L. Maxwell
Head, Special Collections and Metadata Catalog Dept.
6728 Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
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Sent: Monday, May 12, 2008 6:18 PM
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Subject: Re: Horrible record [going off on the tangent of Enc lvl]
On Mon, 12 May 2008, Robert Maxwell wrote:
> ... I always control the headings and think it is good practice.
> Controlling the headings is an excellent way to make sure the BIBCO
> records are "kept in synch with the authority records." It's also a
> convenient way to ensure that all the needed authority work has (or has
> not) been done.
You may not have meant to dredge up a conundrum with your comment, but
one does have to look at the authority records before controlling to
them-- not rarely (albeit infrequently), I have had to change
already-controlled headings to other forms because the persons associated
with the bib. records were not the persons represented by the controlling
John G. Marr
Univ. of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
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