Some libraries (most notably GPO from what I can see), are also including a 377 field in these records, which is not correct, since these are work authority records and there is no element for language of work.

Adam Schiff
University of Washington Libraries

On Mon, 10 Nov 2014, John Hostage wrote:

> Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:24:58 +0000
> From: John Hostage <[log in to unmask]>
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> Subject: Form of work for laws
> I have noticed that some libraries have a practice and a policy of using "Public law $2 lcsh" in field 380 (Form of work) when creating NARs for individual laws of the United States.  I believe this is incorrect.  It is true that such statutes are given a "Public Law" number when approved, but this is a different sense of the word.  The subject heading "Public law" refers to an area of law, not to an act of Congress.  See and the distinguishing sentence at the top of the article.  It's the same as the distinction in French between droit and loi or in German between Recht and Gesetz.
> LCSH has the term Statutes, and LCGFT has Statutes and codes.  Either of those would fit laws of the United States, or any other jurisdiction.
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