Our RDA study group came up with this question.
RDA 18.104.22.168 states, "Transcribe a statement of responsibility in the form in which it appears on the source of information." The option states: "Abridge a statement of responsibility only if it can be abridged without loss of essential information" and shows the example:
But the LCPS says, "Generally do not abridge a statement of responsibility."
What is the significance of the word "generally"? It implies that there are exceptions but none are named.
Does this mean that under RDA/LCPS we will be expected to retain phrases that appear on the chief source of information, which pertain to the *author only* and not his or her responsibility (and hence, at least under AACR2, would be considered not essential)?
Is this correct, and what LC and the PCC want to see?