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I agree with Adam et al., that it's a case of cataloger's judgment. I would probably record as:

Book of abstracts / Conference on Minorities, Federalism and Politics in Nigeria ; in honor of Professor G.N. Hembe, 15-18 July 2012.

or even:

Book of abstracts / Conference on Minorities, Federalism and Politics in Nigeria, 15-18 July 2012.

and add "In honor of ..." as a note. (Then, under RDA, you could add an access point for "Hembe, G. N., honoree".)

If you're worried about access you could use a title-added entry (246):

246 1x $i Also called: $a Conference on Minorities, Federalism and Politics in Nigeria book of abstracts

--Ben


Benjamin Abrahamse
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] Question: Named conferences and RDA

Louise,

I think any of the options you described would be valid transcriptions in RDA, so I'd say it's totally a judgment call.  My inclination would be to make everything after "Book of abstracts" a statement of responsibility.

Adam Schiff

On Mon, 29 Jul 2013, Ratliff, Louise wrote:

> Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:52:43 +0000
> From: "Ratliff, Louise" <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: Program for Cooperative Cataloging 
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> Subject: Question: Named conferences and RDA
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> Hello BIBCO colleagues,
>
> I sent this message a week ago to an email address that may no longer be in use, so I am sending it out on the PCC list today.  My question has to do with describing printed conference publications, following FRBR and RDA.  Any advice is welcome.
>
> I am struggling with how to describe conference publications using RDA.  First of all, named conferences are treated as creators.  An authorized access point for a conference name would include the relationship designator of "author"  or "creator." Fine so far, right?
>
> So how do I treat a publication with a title page such as this:
>
> Book of abstracts
> Conference on Minorities, Federalism and Politics in Nigeria, In honor 
> of Professor G.N. Hembe,
> 15-18 July 2012.
>
> I believe the title proper would be "Book of abstracts."  In this case, the rest of it-- "Conference on Minorities, Federalism and Politics in Nigeria, in honor of Professor G.N. Hembe, 15-18 July 2012" -- would be the statement of responsibility, right?  It cannot be "other title information" because it is a named conference and a conference is an entity.
>
> Alternatively, could one do this, such that the title is the entire text of the title page?
>
> 245 10  Book of abstracts, Conference on Minorities, Federalism and Politics in Nigeria, in honor of Professor G.N. Hembe, 15-18 July 2012.
>
> What I most commonly see in bibliographic records is like this:
>
> 245 10  Book of abstracts : $b Conference on Minorities, Federalism and Politics in Nigeria, in honor of Professor G.N. Hembe.
> This is not correct, is it?
>
> In other examples, the title page may have the name of the conference on the top, followed by a word such as Proceedings in large lettering.  This is the same kind of situation, where the title proper is either simply the word "Proceedings," OR, the entire statement such as "International Conference on Blah, Blah, held in XYZ on abc date, Proceedings."
>
> But a patron isn't going to think about a conference name as an author.  He is going to search for it as title words.  What guidance does anyone have?
>
> Thanks a lot,
>
> Louise
>
> Louise Ratliff
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