I personally don't see why we need to wait for RDA to implement a new
policy regarding undifferentiated personal names. Simply change the
policy to create a separate NAR for each different person. If the access
point on two personal name NARs is identical, code the 008/32 on both "b".
NACO normalization rules would need to be changed to allow two NARs to
have the same 100 field.
One of the beauties of the suggestion to establish separate name
authorities for persons with the same access point is that the separate
authorities could then be linked to the proper bibliographic records (in
Connexion, the control heading function could be used) and when the access
point is changed to differentiate it from other NARs, the right headings
in bib records would automatically get flipped in systems that used the
link. How this would work in many local ILSs is another question, but
would probably be no less a problem than what we currently have when
headings are pulled off of undifferentiated authority records.
Why wait to make this change in another 15 months or longer?
Adam L. Schiff
University of Washington Libraries
Seattle, WA 98195-2900
(206) 685-8782 fax
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