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The presence or absence of the final period does cause dup auth records to
be created in some ILS systems that don't follow NACO normalization rules.
It took me 5 years to get our vendor to change to follow NACO normalization
rules and to let the system ignore differences in final punctuation.  It may
not seem to be a big issue to some, but in one of the authority files in our
consortium it doubled the size of the file.
Anaclare F. Evans, Ph.D.
DALNET Systems Librarian
637 SEL
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
313-577-4002 (v)
313-577-1231(f)
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Antony Robert David Franks" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2004 3:21 PM
Subject: Re: Period at the end of the heading in an NAR


> Other than MARC 21 correctness, does the presence of the final period in
> the heading cause problems with machine validation?
>
> As a practical matter, I would beg NACO members not to revise a heading
> solely to remove a final period. It was at one time correct, but is now
> an obsolete practice.
>
> For one thing, this adds a considerable burden to the processing and
> re-distribution of the authority files. The revised record is
> contributed through a utility to LC, processed, and re-distributed
> through the utility to members. There is a heavy enough flow as it is
> without adding this.
>
> Secondly, there is my eyesight. Such revisions would be included in the
> regular OCLC report I receive of revisions to existing headings. I have
> just spent the afternoon blearily cutting and pasting the latest such
> report into sub-reports by language or specialisation for manual
> searching and possible BFM within LC by other catalogers. This is
> already a considerable occupation without adding revisions that do not
> affect bibliographic records.
>
> Anthony
>
> Anthony R.D. Franks
> Acting Team Leader, Cooperative Cataloging Team
> Library of Congress
> 202-707-2822 (voice)
> 202-252-2082 (fax)
>
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> The Descriptive Cataloging Manual Z1 pages say "When modifying an
> authority record for another reason, delete any final mark of
> punctuation
> in the 1XX ..."
>
> In fact, I've ONLY ever done this when I was modifying the record for
> another reason, never just to delete the period.
>
> What is your opinion of modifying a record for that reason ONLY, in
> other
> words, deleting the period at the end of the 1XX when no other changes
> are
> necessary?
>
> Dolores Barber
>
> - Dolores Jungheim Barber ----------------
> - Catalog Department, University Library -
> - The University of Illinois at Chicago  -