I'm not arguing against the use of controlled vocabularies--only that there's a case to be made for recording uncontrolled terms which match the term in a 100 $c in a 37X. We wouldn't add such a 37X ourselves (we follow PCC in preferring controlled vocabulary terms), but I wouldn't revise one that someone else put on the record. Such a field could have a plausible use in someone else's system.

Stephen

On Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 3:29 PM, Ted P Gemberling <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Stephen,

What reason would a library have to not use a controlled vocabulary if possible? In other words, while LCSH,  MeSH and others don’t have all the terms a cataloger might need, it’s hard to see why someone would choose *never* to use controlled vocabularies. If we allowed every library that wanted to put its own “folksonomy” on authority records to do so, I would think the records could get pretty messy.

 

When you say that “If it appears only in 100 $c, there'd be no easy way to determine what facet category the term belongs to,” are you talking about a computer program determining that? If adding professor to a name makes it unique and 374 College teachers $2 lcsh is also on the record, it’s hard to see what more information one would need. But maybe I’m not understanding what “determining what facet” refers to.

 

Ted



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