If our concern for catalog users being annoyed or confused by open dates in headings for persons known to be dead is justification for us to close up those dates for no reason other than appearances, then this is a case where we should extend the same concern and change the heading. There are other headings in the NAF that have been changed in this way.
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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Herrold, Charles
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2011 9:00 AM
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Subject: Re: Leslie Marmon Silko
I respectfully disagree. When people change their names the heading should reflect that form. File maintenance is a fact of life, and should not be feared.
From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Hostage
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2011 9:48 AM
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] Leslie Marmon Silko
Certainly, if the name were being established now for the first time, it would be based on the fuller form. But this is not a name change for cataloging purposes. It's a difference in the fullness of name. The original question asked for the rule showing why the heading hadn't been changed. The rule is probably meant to prevent headings from being constantly reconsidered, with all the file maintenance that would ensue.
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> -----Original Message-----
> I believe the heading should be changed if it reflects the
> current, as well as predominant, usage of the author. The 2nd-3rd 670s
> certainly imply a name change.
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