At the University of Texas at El Paso, we catalog all our theses and dissertations.

1.        We get the date from the vita. If there is no birth date, we do not add it unless we need to break a conflict. In that case, we try to contact the author or else we get the information from the Registrar's office.

2.       We routinely add the date if available

3.       We have not had any issues with authors who are UTEP students. I've only ever had one such problem, but that was not a UTEP related person. He refused to let me add a date or use his full middle name to break a conflict. I had to contact the other person with the same name to get more information to break the conflict.

Nancy Hill
Asst Library Director for Technical Svcs
University of Texas at El Paso Library
500 W. University, El Paso, TX 79968
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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bob Hall
Sent: Monday, October 04, 2010 8:09 AM
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Subject: [PCCLIST] Theses name hdgs. -- birthdates?

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
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