Our doctoral dissertations are required to have a vita, but the master's 
theses do not.  The vita may or may not include a birth date.  If the 
birth date is in the resource, and the name has not already been 
established, we will add the date to the heading, since if you know it, 
you add it.  If there is a conflict, we have access to the University's 
student database and our thesis processing coordinator will look there to 
get the date.  If we create an authority record for this person we cite 
that database in a 670:

670  Univ. of Wash. Student Database, <date searched> $b (info found)

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On Mon, 4 Oct 2010, Bob Hall wrote:

> 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.
> R.
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> Technical Services Associate Librarian
> Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA 01742
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