Reevaluate the access point and references in the context of RDA before recoding the record as RDA.  That could very well mean that you change the form of the access point.  For example if a new form is the predominant form or the form by which the person is now commonly known, it should be changed.

For your second question: check the LC-PCC PSs!  The answer can usually be found in RDA or them:


New Authority Records:
LC practice/PCC practice for Optional addition: Apply the option to provide a fuller form of name if a part of the forename or surname used in the preferred name is represented by an initial or an abbreviation, if the cataloger considers it important for identification. Add unused forenames or surnames only if needed to distinguish one access point from another (see

Existing Authority Records:
LC practice/PCC practice for Optional addition: Unless otherwise changing an existing heading (e.g., conflict), do not change an existing AACR2 or RDA heading merely to add or remove a fuller form of name.

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On Fri, 14 Jun 2013, john g marr wrote:

> If one encounters:
>    an AACR2 personal name authority record
>    lacking a 667 field, and
>    based on a paper thesis
> and the cataloger:
>    has a "publication" in hand by the same person
>    and is adding an 053 field and an additional 670 field
> should the authorized access point be:
>   changed to represent the author's name-preference for publications
>     (presumed to eventually become consistent)
>   or should the presumed "one-off" thesis representation be retained?
> Another question: some time ago it was said that the rule to NOT provide 
> known fuller forenames as qualifiers to names with forename initials (when 
> there is no conflict otherwise) was going to be eliminated. Has this gone 
> anywhere? Incidentally, "known" includes presence in preexisting AACR2 
> "compatible" headings being changed to RDA authorized access points.
> Thanks!
> jgm
> John G. Marr
> Cataloger
> Univ. of New Mexico
> Albuquerque, NM 87131
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