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:
"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 House."
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:
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On 11/30/12 11/30/12 € 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?
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