On Tue, 26 May 2015, Karen Coyle wrote:
>> 4) The ISSN of a series is an identifier of the series, not an identifier
>> of a manifestation in which the ISSN appears. 0277-786X is the ISSN of the
>> SPIE proceedings series: it does not identify volume 2357 of the series.
> Yes, and it makes sense that the information about the series would *not* be
> present in the description of the manifestation, but in the description of
> the series. In past cataloging practice, this information was included in the
> record for the manifestation because linking between entities was not
> possible (e.g. in the card catalog), and the series data was there for a
> person with a brain to follow up on.
> Note that the ISSN would rarely be in a transcribed series statement, if one
> is included in the description of the manifestation. Any transcribed
> information is about the manifestation, and should not be considered linking
> information. (e.g. 490 vs. 830) (Transcribed data is text that is intended to
> be displayed to the human reader.)
ISSN is always recorded in the series statement (490 $x) when it is present on a manifestation. If the ISSN on the manifestation is incorrect or inappropriate, it is still transcribed as found. This is not a change from AACR2 practice.
RDA 184.108.40.206 Recording the ISSN of a Series
Transcribe the ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) of a series as it appears on the source of information.
RDA 220.127.116.11 Recording the ISSN of a Subseries
Transcribe the ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) of a subseries as it appears on the source of information.
ISSN is not a core element in RDA manifestation descriptions, but it is a core element for the PCC.
It's important not to confuse what's recorded as manifestation information (series statement elements specified in chapter 2 of RDA and recorded in 490 in MARC) and whole-part work relationships that are recorded as authorized series access points in MARC 8XX and are covered by other chapters in RDA (i.e., chapter 6 for a series as a work, including ISSN as a work identifier, and chapters 24-26 for relationships, including 24.6 for numbering of part). Note that Numbering within Series (2.12.9) is NOT the same element as Numbering of Part (24.6). One is a manifestation attribute, the other is used as the name of the part of a work when a relationship is being recorded for that part. The difficultly with all this is that in many cases, a particular work was only published once, will only ever be published once, so if the one and only manifestation of that work happened to be in a series,
it does make sense to treat the work as being in a particular series (i.e., a work to work whole-part relationship). But as Joe Kiegel demonstrated with his Hamlet example, as soon as different manifestations of an expression of a work appear in different series, the relationship really isn't work to work anymore, it's manifestation to work.
Adam L. Schiff
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