I can see two sides to this.

There's a basic discrepancy between text in 3XX authority fields meant to
categorize the entity in relation to a controlled vocabulary and text meant
for use as a gramatically appropriate qualifier added to the authorized
access point. PCC has favored the former use, which can entail the use of
plural terms and limited term choice to match a controlled vocabulary.  RDA
favors the latter, preferring to enter 3XX terms as they would appear in a
qualifier. The same text matching logic which drives the use of the
controlled term also drives the need to match the uncategorized qualifier
text in 100 $c with the text in a 374 (or some other sematically
categorized field).  Though I'm not sure the 368 "other designation" field
adds much semantic specificity to a term, the other 3XX fields do; e.g.,
"374 $a Professor" indicates that the possible 100 $c term is for an
occupation or profession.  It might also follow personal usage more closely
than the authorized category term, e.g., "Professor" rather than "374 $a
College teachers $2 lcsh".

I agree that the notion that systems would be able to select and add
qualifiers to a 1XX automatically is dubious; but being able to categorize
terms in $c represents a different use case, and one not covered by the use
of controlled vocabulary only. I also agree that controlled vocabulary
terms have more general purpose uses than terms tailored to individual
cases. If we have to choose between these two practices, then I'd side with
using controlled vocabularies. But do we have to choose?  Given that the
data element is potentially supporting to two different purposes, maybe we
should be more tolerant of parallel 3XX fields.


On Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 11:32 AM, Adam L. Schiff <[log in to unmask]>

> Also, there is no way to tell the machine which term to take to add in the
> qualifier.  How is it to know to take a singular term over a controlled
> plural?  And what about the cases where the subfield $a is repeated?  Take
> the first one?  We don't have anything in the field to indicate a
> preference to the machine.
> Adam Schiff
> On Thu, 26 Feb 2015, Ted P Gemberling wrote:
>  Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:14:37 +0000
>> From: Ted P Gemberling <[log in to unmask]>
>> Reply-To: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: Best practices in updating authority records
>> Mark, just a question. If you have already added “Musical group” to the
>> 110, what do you gain by adding a second 368 with the singular form?
>> Basically, my point is, if there were going to be some automatic addition
>> of the qualifier to the IXX, as by a computer program, I could see why
>> “Musical group” would be useful. But if you have already used your
>> cataloger’s judgment and added it, what good does it do?
>> Maybe I’m not understanding why a matching between the IXX and a 3XX is
>> important. Is there ever going to be a day when a computer recognizes that
>> there are two “Iron Boys” and adds “musical group” to one of them? As long
>> as this is done by cataloger’s judgment, there is no reason for it not to
>> be in established form.
>> Thanks,
>> Ted Gemberling
>> UAB Lister Hill Library
>> From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>> On Behalf Of Ehlert, Mark K.
>> Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 10:04 AM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] Best practices in updating authority records
>> From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>> On Behalf Of Moore, Richard
>> I’m not sure what the function of uncontrolled terms in these fields
>> would be.
>> In the work I do, to ascribe meaning to a term in the 1xx.
>> 110 2- Iron Boy (Musical group)
>> 368 -- Musical groups $2 lcsh
>> 368 -- Musical group
>> The "Musical group" in the 110 matches the 368 "Musical group."  The 368
>> is an RDA other attribute of a corporate body.  Therefore, the
>> parenthetical in the 110 is an RDA other attribute of the body.  Backwards
>> thinking, but it's one way of getting some kind of semantic substance out
>> of a qualifier, especially one that isn't separately subfield-ed.
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