From Richard Ogar:

"In answer to the original question, such a change is obviously unneeded,
since "Shaw, George Bernard" is a cross-reference for 'Shaw, Bernard.'"

By this reasoning, the addition of death dates to Name Authority Records
where there is no conflict is also obviously unneeded since access is not
impeded. What looks sillier, an open death date for Princess Diana or a
venerable playwright's name entered with what most people would take to be
his middle name where his first name ought to go? If this discussion is
about access, that's one thing, but if it's about how names look in a
catalog, then I submit that headings like Shaw's are equally in need of
change--if any are.

Mike Tribby
Senior Cataloger
Quality Books Inc.
The Best of America's Independent Presses

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