You’re absolutely right to want this!


An ALA subcommittee is working on revisions to RDA Appendix K, greatly expanding the possible relationship designators. The proposal includes family terms such as brother and sister. “Apprentice” is also one of the proposed new terms. I hope the revision proposal will be completed and accepted and become part of RDA before too long.


Additions to any of the relationship designator appendices can also be made via the “fast track” process, I believe by contacting your JSC representative (I think that’s the process in place so far).




Robert L. Maxwell
Head, Special Collections and Formats Catalog Dept.
6728 Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

"We should set an example for all the world, rather than confine ourselves to the course which has been heretofore pursued"--Eliza R. Snow, 1842.


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Subject: Related


Is there a way to show related personal names or families in our RDA authority records?  


I have a printmaker to establish who apprenticed with a famous printmaker and it would be so nice to have in a field other than the 670.

Just one of so many possibilities.


If someone is a member of a famous family, a brother or sister, an expert on a famous artist, musician, etc.  


Is there a way to do this?





Ruth S. Ziegler

Authorities/Catalog Management Librarian

Department of Description & Cataloging

Florida State University

Division of Special Collections & Archives

711 West Madison Street

Tallahassee, FL 32306-1005 USA


Ph.: 850-644-5232

Fax: 850-645-5671

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