At 10:56 AM 12/2/2002 -0500, Rebecca S. Guenther wrote:

>Do others see a rationale for separately identifying subtitle (other than
>the fact that MARC does)?

The main reason that I can see if that there are times when we are taking a
title and looking for the same title in another database that we try the
whole title first, then eliminate the subtitle and try again if we didn't
get a hit. There is great variation in what people consider a subtitle, and
sometimes they get left off altogether in databases that aren't based on
library cataloging. Knowing where to make that cut can be helpful, just
like knowing where to make the cut between the title and the statement of
responsibility. "Subtitle" ends up meaning "that bit of text near the title
that some people may consider to be too unimportant to bother to record."

Karen Coyle                    [log in to unmask]