No, it hasn’t. Whatever the merits, it would be contrary to PCC policy to change the AAP. That was always the case. The BL created this NAR (note nb prefix) and I would prefer if it were not changed.
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Subject: [PCCLIST] Watson, Tom, 1965- (NAR nb2014002382)
After reading the various emails that came through (which seems to be most, except from OCLC-CAT), I decided that I should change the heading on NAR nb2014002382 from Watson, Tom (Children’s story writer) to Watson, Tom, 1965-. This may violate the strict reading of the policy not to change headings that are not incorrect, but I felt in the end that other factors made the change advisable.
1. Before someone changed all the incorrect English language records (except for two, which I changed), there was already a large amount of clean-up to be done no matter what heading was chosen, and this of course still applies to individual libraries. LC, for instance, has four records to change, not from the formerly correct heading, but from Watson, Tom, 1962-. The foreign language records in OCLC have not been changed.
2. The heading “Watson, Tom (Children’s story writer),” while not wrong, is certainly not entirely accurate, either. Currently he has only published the Stick Dog and Stick Cat books. But it is not inconceivable that, at some future date, he may be persuaded to write his memoirs as a speech writer for Gov. Richard Celeste of Ohio, or the governor’s biography, or a history of Ohio, or a book about speech writing. Would the cataloger who first cataloged one of these books (if it ever gets written) know that “Watson, Tom (Children’s story writer)” is the correct heading for the author? Would the readers?
I agree that dates are initially the most opaque way of disambiguating the author, but I think they also tend to be the least misleading. And I also think that many users who want to come back to an author learn quickly how to do that, either by writing down the dates, or using a keyword search that they know will work reasonably well.
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