In the BIBCO-at-large meeting this spring,
Beecher Wiggins said that there will be no RIs with RDA. Ana may
want to give more detail on this, but I'd like to propose that we retain,
at least in spirit, 5 words that I remember from a RI, but haven't been
able to find in the Catalogers Desktop (probably lost in revision).
DO NOT STRAIN FOR CONSISTENCY.
Many of the RI's (such as the 80% rule
and the recently discussed decision on AACR2 compatible headings) try to
strike a balance between exact application of a standard and efficiency.
"Balance" implies flexibility, but there is a tendency
to ask for guidance on EXACTLY how to balance. For example, there
was the recent question of the hyphen in a compound name. IMHO, this
is not an important enough change to merit the work, but there has been
one vote in the other direction. Do we need to keep debating these
marginal cases, or can we just say "if it is close to the line, go
either way, and do not strain for consistency"?
Amy H. Turner
Monographic Cataloger & Authority Control Coordinator
Duke University Libraries
Durham, NC 27708-0190 [log in to unmask]
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Subject: [PCCLIST] LCRI 22.3A
The Policy and Standards Division has reviewed the portion
of LCRI 22.3A related to the so-called "80% rule" and the extensive
PCCLIST discussion earlier this month. We've determined that this
guidance is no longer necessary and will delete this portion of the LCRI
with the issuance of the next update to the documentation.
LCRI 22.3A was originally issued to ease the transition from AACR1 to AACR2
by providing guidance to LC catalogers when creating a name authority record
for an author that already had headings on bibiographic records in the
LC database. With the understanding that significant time has passed
since the adoption of AACR2, as well as the understanding that different
NACO participants are viewing different sets of records (i.e., other than
the LC catalog alone) for determining the most "commonly found form
of name," this guidance issued to promote efficiency of decision-making
has become unnecessary. Instead, the Policy and Standards Division
has determined that catalogers have over 25 years of applying the priniciples
of AACR2 and have honed their cataloger judgement suffciently that extra
guidance for applying 22.3A in AACR2 is no longer needed and the rule should
be applied as written.
Ana Cristan for
Policy and Standards Division
Library of Congress
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