The "rule" is in LCRI 22.3A:
If an established heading is already coded "AACR2" (including those
labeled preliminary -- 008 byte 33 = d) and subsequently received items
show forms in the chief source that vary in fullness, generally do not
change the established heading.
Note: Occasionally the need arises to change a heading that has already
been coded to reflect another form that varies solely in fullness. One
such exception to the basic policy of retaining the established heading
is that the author has notified the Library of Congress that another
form is preferred. Other exceptions should be carefully considered
before making the change.
John Hostage Authorities and Database Integrity
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> -----Original Message-----
> 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.