I thought of something that I realize may undermine what I just said. Could aversion to undifferentiated headings have something to do with Bibco membership?
I don't work at a Bibco library, so the headings in my catalog are not necessarily coextensive with headings in the NAF. I don't have to work as hard on national headings and can create my own local ones to differentiate author identities. Perhaps a Bibco library would have to settle for a bad collocation of authors with similar names because they wouldn't do that, and that might explain the aversion to undifferentiated headings.
Do Bibco rules discourage use of local headings?
Maybe if Bibco catalogers felt more freedom to create local headings for their collections, undifferentiated national headings wouldn't seem so bad.
UAB Lister Hill Library
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I am in complete agreement with Richard, and pronounce anathema on
undifferentiated name headings.
Deborah J. Leslie, M.A., M.L.S.
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