The same questions arise for fictitious characters. I wouldn’t record most of these for a spirit.

370 and/or 371 might be appropriate in the case of a ghost that haunts a particular place. See for example:

I think the other attributes are all fairly dubious, unless the work goes out of its way to state them. We shouldn’t be using the attributes of the person when they were alive.

The important and useful thing is to record in 368 that the entity is a spirit: “Spirits”, if using LCSH. I wonder whether “Ghosts” might also be appropriate in some cases. A spirit is also a ghost when it appears to people, rather than just communicating via a medium.

It helps the user that the access point is always qualified by “Spirit”, to make it clear that this is not a real, living human author. This is an exact parallel to fictitious characters and non-human entities, which in my view should also, always be qualified (rather than optionally). I think it’s important for identification in all these cases.

Richard Moore
Authority Control Team Manager
The British Library

Tel.: +44 (0)1937 546806
E-mail: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Stephen Hearn
Sent: 14 May 2014 17:40
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] Dates for Spirits

What attribute information would be appropriate to record when describing the spirit of a person? Does a spirit have a birthplace? occupation? gender? current address?


Experience the British Library online at<>
The British Library’s latest Annual Report and Accounts :<>
Help the British Library conserve the world's knowledge. Adopt a Book.<>
The Library's St Pancras site is WiFi - enabled
The information contained in this e-mail is confidential and may be legally privileged. It is intended for the addressee(s) only. If you are not the intended recipient, please delete this e-mail and notify the [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> : The contents of this e-mail must not be disclosed or copied without the sender's consent.
The statements and opinions expressed in this message are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the British Library. The British Library does not take any responsibility for the views of the author.
Think before you print