I think it's good to make an authority record as early as
possible, so that future published works can be collocated with the thesis or
dissertation, but I wonder if we should make it standard NACO practice to add a
667 note to an authority established from the legal form of name in a thesis:
"Change heading if form on later published works differs". This would alert a
future cataloguer, who might otherwise be nervous.
Control Team Manager
Mr. Hall and others
aside, I wonder if the old prescription to use a full, formal name in TDs and
ETDs is loosening?
My institution's policy is full legal name.
amazed at the number of institutions that create authority records for authors
of theses or dissertations. Just last week I made a duplicate authority
record for a speaker at an annual lectureship series at my institution because
his preferred usage was radically different from the required full legal name
required by the degree granting institution. I never imagined that an
authority record would have been made for an author whose only work was a thesis
I made an appointment with the assistant to the graduate
dean to ask if a blank could be put on the library reproduction permission form
that asks for the preferred name. The assistant completely understood the
problem because the name by witch everyone knows her is a nickname. She
thought it was a good a idea. So beginning with the next round of theses
and dissertations, I will be making authority records for our graduates, based
on their preferred usage.
I appreciate hearing all this from all of
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