On 26/01/2017 08:25, [log in to unmask] wrote:
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definition of Work will give the best results for the
community that actually needs to use this data to actually do
Is it really to the benefit of catalogers that the Work be
split (or not split)?
information as used by collection management or acquisition
rest of the world
Here's my opinion.
Catalogers themselves don't really need any of this. Catalogers are
supposed to make what other groups need and want. Those other groups
include users of the library collection, and other librarians who
manage the collection. They are both equally important.
I personally have never met any non-librarian who needed or wanted
the "work" of much of anything. I have known some pretty hardcore
scholars and don't think that any of them would need the *work* of,
e.g. Homer's Iliad--that is: all of the different manifestations of
all the different expressions of the Iliad. Lots however, do want
all kinds of versions of specific expressions, e.g. different
versions of the Greek original, or they may want to compare
different English translations, or even different versions of a
single English translation which can very often include minute
differences among various printers or individual printings--details
that the regular cataloging of newer materials never, if ever,
captures and is more a part of rare books cataloging.
So, gathering together all the different language versions of the
Iliad, or of the Bible, or even of a modern popular novel, although
the scholar may find it interesting to know there are Arabic,
Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, etc. versions, the resulting group is
far too big to work with. I admit this *might* change with
digitization and "big data."
On the other hand, the library selector who is managing the
collection may actually find work information useful, either for
statistical purposes, to discover the strengths of the collection,
or if something is found to be a weakness, the selector can begin to
fill out the collection.
The average person I think, has very little interest in the work and
is much more interested in specific expressions. What I mean is that
someone will say "I want a copy of Homer's Iliad in English" and
then they may need additional guidance, or just browse the versions
on the shelf. The average user rarely need the work information
except in two very important cases: 1) as subjects 2) as a related
work. So, someone may not want Homer's Iliad, but they want history
and criticism of Homer's Iliad. This does not have to be limited to
history and criticism of specific languages or versions, but just
history and criticism.
Someone may also want to know if there are any novels or movies
based on Homer's Iliad. They are not concerned with any particular
versions, e.g. whether the *real* related work that the novelist or
writer of the screenplay used was in English or German or Greek, but
they do want to know if there are other creative works that are
related to Homer's Iliad.
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