I can only respond that this was fully vetted and discussed when the RDA draft was under consideration and point out again that the proposed change is substantive and not merely "clarification."
Robert L. Maxwell
Special Collections and Ancient Languages Catalog Librarian
Genre/Form Authorities Librarian
6728 Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
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Sent: Friday, July 27, 2012 12:09 PM
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Subject: Re: 6JSC/LC/21 (was: More RDA proposals for review/comment)
On Fri, 27 Jul 2012, Robert Maxwell wrote:
> I believe the RDA changed definition is a real improvement over AACR2s
> definition ... we were subjected to horrendous and fairly ridiculous
> extent statements such as "48 [i.e. 96] p." ... RDA ... solved this by
> defining what we record in terms of how the book was paginated, not by
> how it was printed. Since we are recording page numbers in the extent
> element for a printed text, it is entirely logical that the base
> definition of page be based on how the numbers are presented.
A person seeking a book on a subject is interested in the extent of its
intellectual content (represented e.g. by how many printed "pages" there
are, the "96" above), not in how the leaf-sides are numbered (the "48"
above). The AACR2 example above essentially explains that the numbering in
the book gives a misleading impression of the content.
I wouldn't be too concerned about rare and atypical situations such as
the one above, but if such situations have aroused extreme consternation on
the part of patrons (which is, by definition, not going to happen in "rare
and atypical situations"), they might be worth discussing *for that reason
John G. Marr
Univ. of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
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