I have a comment about part 4 of the 6JSC/ALA/19 proposal:
Proposed Revision of RDA 16.2.2 (Preferred Name for the Place).
Adding the name of the first-level administrative division before
the name of the country in the preferred name for a place would
split existing files unless an enormous amount of file maintenance
were undertaken. Making the instruction optional would pretty much
ensure that split files are perpetuated. Since the concept of
"heading" is destined to become obsolete anyway, I think it makes
more sense to record the first-level administrative division in a
37X field of the authority record (perhaps a new subfield in the
370 could be defined?). In a post-MARC, linked-data
catalog-of-the-future, recording the first-level
administrative division without changing the preferred form of the place name would help public services
librarians (and everyone else) identify geographic locations and
would not require updates to (tens of thousands of) existing
authority and bibliographic records.
Feel free to reword the comment as
you wish and to forward or not as you
see fit. I'd be interested in knowing what other PCC members
On 8/10/2012 7:06 AM, Kathy Glennan
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CC:DA will need to respond to these
proposals in advance of the November JSC meeting. While no
specific deadlines have yet been established for CC:DA
feedback, I suspect comments will be due no later than the end
of September. I would be happy to forward any comments from
PCC members for consideration.
Please send your comments directly to me
and not to the PCC list; I will contribute them to the CC:DA
wiki. If you have an opportunity to comment on these papers
through multiple CC:DA liaisons or voting members, please
select just one of us to contribute on your behalf.
Please contact me if you have any
questions. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
PCC liaison to CC:DA
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