Our loader programs (most importantly those that do routine loads of
vendor records for current acquisitions) now make an attempt at comparing
490:0 fields to authority records. If the program finds a reliable
match (including comparison of publisher statements) the program adjusts
the series in the bibliographic record as appropriate; otherwise it sends
me an e-mail message. It takes just a few minutes a day to scan the
e-mail messages and, if warranted, do something about them.
(Perhaps 50% of the time, I simply add a new 643 field to the local copy
of the NACO record to allow series in future items to be verified
automatically. Non-conflicting new series I leave for others to
deal with as materials are handled.) Our cataloger's toolkit uses
the same code to attempt matches between 490:0s and authority records,
and to adjust bibliographic records automatically as needed.
We have seen only a slight increase in the number of series authority
records created in the past year. An analysis of LC series
authority records from previous years suggested that most of them were
for series that never appeared in materials we acquired here, with the
implication that LC's cessation of series authority record creation
wouldn't create much of a stir once the initial noise died down. A
few more records here, and a few more new records at other institutions,
and we appear to have filled the gap without putting undue stress on
At 06:35 AM 10/29/2007, Amy H Turner wrote:
In a month or so,
the PCC Ad Hoc Series Review Task Force will post a discussion paper on
the future of PCC series authority control. At this point, we
would like to hear from PCC libraries about their current
practices. We would also appreciate any information on studies that
have been done on how series are used (by both library staff and by other
users), costs of series authority control, etc.
Gary L. Strawn, Authorities Librarian, etc.
Northwestern University, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston IL 60208-2300
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847/491-2788 fax: 847/491-8306
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