but if you have only one level (whether core or full), what
difference would it make to code it at all? why not just abandon
Elvl completely? that saves even more time.
as for the disperson of mental energy, it seems to me that following
cataloging rules really is a rather simple process compared to analyzing
intellectual content of what we are cataloging. if someone cannot master
the intelectual processes associated with cataloging rules and marc coding
do you really expect that person to be able to analyze the intellectual
content of what we are cataloging?
from what i see in the database, regardless of how it is coded, i think
the larger problem is that we don't have enough catalogers around
who actually have specialized knowledge to do such analysis.
forgive me. i won't belabor this more.
A. Ralph Papakhian, Indiana University Music Library
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On Fri, 29 Aug 2008, Amy H Turner wrote:
> Mental energy spent deliberating finer points of the rules could be redirected to
analyzing the intellectual content of what we are cataloging.
> Every full record in OCLC could be coded as core, though not every core
> record could be coded as full. So, much time is saved by coding
> everything core, rather than making the distinction.