Roy & Mac

Not doing both is not a BIBFRAME question it's a cataloging workflow 
question. Is the information readily available? If not, how much time 
should be spent looking for it? I think the cataloging rules make the 
right decision when it comes to clear identification of a book: if you 
and I are holding the same Manifestation in our hands and we record what 
we see on the title page, then our metadata is going to "match" and we 
don't have to go beyond the title page to determine who the "real" 
publisher is.

We could record both but, as I mentioned in an earlier post, it may be 
very difficult to determine what corporate entity the publisher is since 
what you get on the title page may be the name of the imprint, not the 
name of the publisher. Example:

Bright lights, big city : a novel / by Jay McInerney
McInerney, Jay 

New York : Vintage Contemporaries, c1984

The selected poetry of Robinson Jeffers
Jeffers, Robinson, 1887-1962 

New York, Vintage Books, [c1955]

The selected poetry of Robinson Jeffers
Jeffers, Robinson, 1887-1962 

New York, Random House, [c1938]

Who's the "publisher"? From bottom to top: Random House, Knopf, Random 

 From wikipedia:

"*Vintage Books* is a publishing imprint 
<> founded in 1954 by Alfred A. 
Knopf <>. Its publishing 
list includes world literature, fiction, and non-fiction. Vintage is one 
of the biggest British publishing houses of trade paperbacks 

It was acquired by Random House 
<> publishing in April 1960, 
and now is a subdivision of Random House which is in turn owned by 
Bertelsmann <>, a German 
<> media conglomerate 
<>. In 1990 
Vintage UK was set up in the United Kingdom. This division is 
independent from the American company although both are part of Random 

If we were to start tomorrow to take in data from ONIX records for new 
books coming in and to use their publisher IDs then having both is a 
no-brainer. (I'm assuming ONIX records the publishing company as well as 
the imprint name.) Should we add a publisher ID when it *is* readily 
available? I think that's a question for a future that the cataloging 
rules do not currently address. But I'm assuming that BIBFRAME will 
allow it.


On 11/30/12 2:48 PM, Roy Tennant wrote:
> On 11/30/12 11/30/12 EUR 1:43 PM, "J. McRee Elrod" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I agree with Karen that publisher should be transcribed to allow
>> correct matching of record with item, not a controlled field.
> Why must it be one or the other?
> <publisher depiction="International Federation of Library Associations"
> resource="http://bibframe/auth/org/ifla" />
> Roy

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