NACO parameters include the following, that *almost* cover it:


“NACO libraries are not obligated to contribute all authorities generated by their cataloging or any one individual heading, except in the following cases: […]

2. All bodies referred through in cross references; e.g., if a heading is entered independently and a reference is given through a higher body, the higher body needs to be represented in the authority file as well, this may mean that the library will need to create an additional name authority in addition to the one the library needs to use in its catalog. […]

4. All headings under which uniform titles are entered; e.g., if an NAR for the uniform title Works is entered under an author who is not established in the LC/NAF, an NAR for the author must be contributed as well.”


There’s no specific provision for the name of an author that is used in a *variant* access point for a work, though this might just be because nobody thought of it. The principle would seem to be similar.






Richard Moore

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The British Library


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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Shorten, Jay
Sent: 24 November 2014 15:16
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Subject: [PCCLIST] Pseudo- name as variant access point to work


I have in front of me a book called Pseudo-Euripides, Rhesus which is about an ancient Greek play, Rhesos (n  91082958 ARN 3003899) erroneously identified to Euripides. Is it sufficient to add as a variant 400 0_ Pseudo-Euripides. $t Rhesus to this authority record without trying to establish a name heading for “Pseudo-Euripides”? After all, someone may think of “Pseudo-Euripides” as a name, but the only identity this “Pseudo-Euripides” has is as the author of Rhesus.


Jay Shorten

Cataloger, Monographs and Electronic Resources

Associate Professor of Bibliography

Catalog Department

University Libraries

University of Oklahoma

Co-owner, PERSNAME-L, the list about personal names in bibliographic and authority records


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