I am passing along a question from our Collection Development
Librarian. She was checking our catalog for works by the Native
American author, Leslie Marmon Silko, and noticed that the authorized
form of her name is Silko, Leslie, 1948- . While there is a cross
reference from Silko, Leslie Marmon, my colleague pointed out that
the longer form of the author's name is common usage, and indeed it
is used in the vast majority of her works.
Evidently the author's name was established before she started using
her maiden name on her works. Every reference work I have consulted
lists her name as Leslie Marmon Silko. Everything I've read in AACR
and LCRI suggests that the authorized form of her name should be
Silko, Leslie Marmon. I suspect that the fact that it isn't has to do
with her maiden name being two places to the right of the comma, but
am unable to come up with a rule to explain it, other than the burden
of changing all of the entries for her name in our databases.
Barry J. Gray, M.S.L.S., M.A.
Technical Services Librarian
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro, PA 16444
(814) 732-1077 / 732-2738