At University of Maryland, names on bibliographic records created for for theses and dissertations by copy catalogers are checked against our online catalog and the LC Authority File for possible name conflicts.  Names with conflicts are passed on for resolution to a cataloger who has authorization to access public information on the University of Maryland Student Information System. The name conflicts are subsequently broken by adding birth dates to the name headings on the bibliographic records of the theses and dissertations.  When appropriate, name authority records are made for the authors who have or are likely to have bibliographic records in OCLC.

Gerry Park

On 10/4/2010 10:08 AM, Bob Hall wrote:
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Good morning,
Are there any theses catalogers on this list?  I ask, as I have a question regarding birthdates.  Do you  add birthdates to name hdgs. for theses?
If so:
--Where do you get said information (via Registrar's office?, Vita?, CV fact sheet etc.)?
--Do you routinely add them, or do you just use them to break a conflict?
--Are there issues you confront from authors if they see this information in FirstSearch, public catalog &/or the Web?  How do you handle such issues?
Thanking you in advance for your time.
Robert C.W. Hall, Jr.
Technical Services Associate Librarian
Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA 01742
978-318-3343 -- FAX: 978-318-3344 --
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Gerry Park
General Resources Cataloging Unit Head/Cataloger
Metadata Services Department
2200 McKeldin Library
University of Maryland 
College Park, MD 20742-7011
(301) 405-9323; Fax: (301)-314-9971 
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