I favor coding corporate bodies in 373 (“associated group”) because that’s where the machine (and humans) will expect to find corporate bodies recorded—373 is the standardized place to find a related corporate body; 381 is a grab bag where you can expect to find just about anything, which is not helpful if there actually is a standardized field for a particular entity (like corporate body).

 

Bob

 

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Subject: Other Distinguishing Characteristics and the 373 field

 

Skimming the NACO PowerPoint files here:
<http://www.loc.gov/catworkshop/courses/naco-RDA/index.html>

I came across the following instruction: if the material for the "Other Distinguishing Characteristic of the Work" (RDA 6.6) and "...Expression" (RDA 6.12) is a corporate body, record that body in the 373 field, not the 381.  (See "Describing Works and Expressions," slides #68, 70, and 90.)  I don't recall encountering this directive before.  To illustrate using an example from the MARC site:

 130 #0 $a Research paper (South African Law Commission)
 381 ## $a South African Law Commission $2 naf

  - vs. -
 130 #0 $a Research paper (South African Law Commission)
 373 ## $a South African Law Commission $2 naf

What's the reasoning behind this?  The semantics of both RDA elements line up with the 381 (<http://www.loc.gov/marc/authority/ad381.html>); the field also employs a $2 like the 373 (<http://www.loc.gov/marc/authority/ad373.html>).  Is the source vocabulary for the $2 the issue?  The 381 $2 points to the subject code list (which includes the NAF) and the 373 $2 to the name and title code list (which also includes the NAF).  The DCM Z1 and LC MARC Supplement are silent on the matter as far as I can tell; the same for the "MARC 21 Encoding to Accommodate..." cheat sheet (<http://www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/naco/index.html>) updated earlier this year.

 

Thanks,
Mark


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