PCCLIST readers,


Where is the rationale that results in the use of enclosing parentheses for addition of


·         Fuller form of name (

·         Profession or Occupation (

·         Other Designation (


but a preceding comma for addition of


·         Title or Other Designation Associated with the Person (

·         Date of Birth and/or Death (

·         Other Term of Rank, Honour, or Office (


Is this just legacy punctuation from earlier codes, ones that endowed punctuation with bibliographic significance?  Perhaps such usage is documented in the minutes of a committee somewhere. 


Here's one source in which I didn't find such information:

PCC Post RDA Test Guidelines



Moreover, I submit to you that the distinction between "professor" as an occupation versus as a term of rank, etc. is too nice for practical use.  But it reflects, to a degree, differing semantic fields between British and American usage.   I dare say German usage differs yet further.


Sincerely - Ian


Ian Fairclough

Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian

George Mason University


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