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The MARC documentation should be updated.  The NACO Manual and DCM Z1 are
aligned with current practice.

I started cataloging in 1996, and my recollection is that "her, his, its"
citations were already obsolete then.

Robert

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Robert Bratton

Cataloging Librarian

Jacob Burns Law Library

George Washington University

Washington, DC

On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 6:21 PM, Ed M. Kazzimir <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> This question concerns the use of "his, her, or its" in 670 fields in
> authority records.  I thought this was old practice that was done used
> anymore, but the MARC manual for authority data (posted at:
> http://www.loc.gov/marc/authority/ad670.html  and which is dated
> 09/22/2015) says:
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> "When a work has a non-distinctive title (e.g., a generic term), the
> citation may begin with the name of the author. When the author is the same
> as the 1XX heading, one of the following may be used in the citation:
> *His*, *Her*, *Author's* (gender unknown), or *Its* (not a personal
> name)."
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> Is this still to be followed or not?  The other NACO guidelines (dated
> between 2005 and 2016) do not support this.
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> The NACO Participants Manual, 3rd ed., 2005, page 38, reads:
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> "The main entry, formerly given as the first element of the 670, is no
> longer required.  However, if the title is generic in nature ("Minutes,"
> "Report," etc.) or the cataloger feels that the main entry adds pertinent
> information to the record, it may be cited. In cases where automated tools
> are used to assist in the generation of authority records, main entries may
> be added to 670 fields algorithmically; such entries may be left in place
> in the interest of saving time, or deleted at the cataloger’s discretion."
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> and then goes on to say on page 40:  "Supplying a main entry or a
> substitute (e.g., his, her, its, author’s) is no longer a NACO practice."
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> DCM Z1 says (page 670, page 2, dated August 2016) reads:
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> "Precede a generic or indistinctive title with the creator’s name that
> would begin the authorized access point for the work."
>
> No his, her, or its examples are given.
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> The "LC Guidelines Supplement to the MARC 21 Format for Authority Data,
> 2002" does not go into this type of instruction.
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> Perhaps it is still permissible in MARC, but just not done per PCC (??).
> Should one of the resources be updated?
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> Ed Kazzimir
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