Ian Fairclough wrote:
> Here I am, boldly updating an OCLC master record from ELvl 3 to I, and in
> the process applying RDA. All was going well until while searching for a
> name authority record for one of the authors, I came across this
> annotation with which you are no doubt familiar:
> 667 THIS 1XX FIELD CANNOT BE USED UNDER RDA UNTIL THIS RECORD
> HAS BEEN REVIEWED AND/OR UPDATED
> So, what am I supposed to do? I have not yet completed RDA NACO
> training, and therefore am not authorized to update the NAR. I can
> "review" it in the sense of looking over it and saying "Yes, I suppose this
> heading will do just fine." (Or will it? It matches the author, but it's not
> "legal" in RDA!) So, should I simply apply the heading as in the NAR?
> And trust, that sooner or later, another agency will do whatever is
> required so that the 667 note can be deleted? Or should I provide "a term
> indicating the class of persons engaged in the profession or occupation"
> per RDA 18.104.22.168 in the bib record - thereby creating a discrepancy
> between the NAR and the heading? (Before applying that rule, I'd contact
> the author and ask for other disambiguating information.) Frankly, I'd
> prefer to use the existing heading in the NAR, because at least that way I
> can control it in OCLC and trust that eventually it will get updated. If I get
> creative and formulate an RDA heading without also updating the NAR,
> the result will be two headings for the same person, one AACR2 and the
> other RDA. But then, the coding in bibliographic field 040 ǂe rda would
> be, how shall we say, fudging the truth a little.
As I understand it, the stern wording is more of a warning to catalogers beginning March 31, 2013. For the time being, use whatever the current established form is, whether it's AACR2 or RDA--at least, that's how I interpret the PCC RDA FAQ at http://www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/rda/PCC-RDA-FAQ.doc . Up until March 31, the established AACR2 form of heading should be used in an RDA bibliographic record if the cataloger is not able to update the heading to RDA. Catalogers trained in RDA are encouraged to update the heading to RDA. Beginning March 31, catalogers *must* use RDA headings in all bibliographic records coded as "pcc"; no new AACR2 headings may be established, and any existing established headings coded as AACR2 must be updated to RDA before being used.
I think the primary thing to keep in mind is, as Mark Ehlert said, to make sure that the headings in the authority and bib records are in agreement.
Kevin M. Randall
Principal Serials Cataloger
Northwestern University Library
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