It’s also possible (though perhaps unlikely) that there had once been a third (or more) Larissa Forster represented by this undifferentiated record that had previously been removed, so safer just to follow the policy and have the record deleted.
Robert L. Maxwell
Ancient Languages and Special Collections Cataloger
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: Re: undifferentiated name headings
I agree with Kevin Randall. Creating a new authority in this case may be less necessary, since the existing "undifferentiated" authority has always in fact represented only one person; but doing so also saves us from having to add special-case rules for rare exceptions. The only downside to following the standard practice for dealing with undifferentiated name authorities is the need to relink bib records to a new authority, but the number of relevant bib records in OCLC is fairly small--18 by my count, of which 3 or 4 look to be for a different Larissa Forster. Hope the new authority can help resolve the how-many-Larissa-Forsters question.
On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 2:11 PM, Kevin M Randall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
It was my understanding that undifferentiated records are *not* to be turned into differentiated records. Rather, when only one identity remains on the record, a new NAR will be created for that identity, and the undifferentiated record will be deleted. At least, that's the policy according to how I read DCM Z1 008/32.
Kevin M. Randall
Principal Serials Cataloger
Northwestern University Library
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Stephen Hearn, Metadata Strategist
Data Management & Access, University Libraries
University of Minnesota
160 Wilson Library
309 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455