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PCCTG1  May 2010

PCCTG1 May 2010

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Re: Post PCC OpCo addendum to report; PCCNonLatinGuidelinesReportApr29.doc

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"D. Brooking" <[log in to unmask]>

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

Date:

Fri, 14 May 2010 14:36:39 -0700

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I see variation in the Cyrillic community as well. Most of it I think is 
caused by the technical capabilities of the transliteration macro. That 
is, if the whole heading is in a Cyrillic language and the macro can 
transform it all, catalogers are reluctant to take the time to go back and 
un-Cyrillicize the qualifiers. Still attempting to impose the standard in 
the case of Cyrillic (or other left-to-right scripts) would not be 
unreasonable in my opinion.

And at least some HAPY variation is due to right-to-left technical 
difficulties with dates and qualifiers and such. But in those cases, there 
is no way the "standard" can be implemented, right? So maybe those options 
can be moved down to the special languages section of the guidelines.

The real answer lies in authority records and a way to link non-Latin 
variants to the controlled heading, for both searching and display. It's 
not clear to me if a preferred non-Latin form is necessary for this, but I 
would suspect it would make certain kinds of implementations a lot easier.

Our report is probably a prime piece of evidence of the trouble you get 
into without good authority control mechanisms. PCC Standards should
use this as an opportunity to push that forward.

And I do think our charge was to come up with a standard, not just 
document current practice. I remember one thing they were hoping for was 
to provide consistency across scripts.


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Diana Brooking             (206) 685-0389
Cataloging Librarian       (206) 685-8782 fax
Suzzallo Library           [log in to unmask]
University of Washington
Box 352900
Seattle WA  98195-2900

On Fri, 14 May 2010, Robert Rendall wrote:

> Benjamin A Abrahamse wrote:
>> Re: "the amount of optionality in the guidelines could be reduced by making 
>> some of the "optional" practices optional or mandatory for certain script 
>> groups only", my impression was that we could not do this because there was 
>> not a one-to-one correspondence between a given script/cataloging community 
>> and a given "variant practice".  That is to say some cataloging communities 
>> (particularly HAPY) had more than a single variant in their practice. 
>
> Right, but a lot of that variation is pretty much limited to HAPY.  If we say 
> everyone else is required to follow the "standard" practice, we'll eliminate 
> a lot of optionality right off the bat without making anyone very unhappy. 
> The idea of extending HAPY practices to e.g. CJK as an option was basically a 
> suggested innovation.  We could back off from that.  And then we could see if 
> PCC catalogers within individual HAPY script groups could agree on single 
> preferred practices within their own communities.  We can't make those 
> decisions for them, but we can recommend that they try.
>
> Robert.
>

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