Ah .... if only the universe was run by cataloguers ....
What an orderly world it might be ...


> Many authors are inconsistent.  And of course, many surnames reflect 
> events in the authors personal life than are none of our business and 
> about which we have no way of knowing. In addition authors often move 
> around, and if they move to a different country the “style” of names 
> may be different (e.g. an author with a Hispanic “double surname” who 
> moves to a country with a different tradition).  Once when doing a CIP 
> (meaning there is an easy email contact for more information), I asked 
> about why different parts of the CIP used different surnames, and the 
> answer was that the author was getting married and hasn’t yet decided 
> whether to change her surname, keep her surname, or adopt a compound 
> surname. If the universe was run by catalogers, authors would be 
> required to notify the NAF when they changed their surnames, but that 
> is not even slightly likely to occur.L
> Aaron Kuperman, LC Law Cataloging Section.
> This is not an official communication from my employer
> *From:*Program for Cooperative Cataloging 
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *Ian Fairclough
> *Sent:* Thursday, February 02, 2017 3:55 PM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* [PCCLIST] discontinuance of use of second part of a 
> compound surname
> PCCLIST readers,
> has: If a person has changed his or her name, choose the 
> latest name or form of name as the preferred name.
> Working with a case where a person formerly used a compound surname, 
> but about twenty years ago began to discontinue use of the second part 
> (and completely so in the past ten or more years), would you consider 
> the person to have changed his name?  I say yes.  But I can well 
> understand someone who disagrees.
> In the case in consideration, the NAR was upgraded to RDA in May 2016, 
> without a change in AAP.  The agency making the change was the Library 
> of Congress (assuming that I've correctly interpreted the history of 
> superseded versions in Connexion).  So either the LC cataloger didn't 
> observe the change, or didn't consider that the change called for 
> updating the AAP, or perhaps simply didn't want to initiate the BFM of 
> some thirty records in LC's catalog.  (OCLC WorldCat has over a 
> hundred that would have to be changed.)
> What would help in such a case is an addition to the examples.  None 
> of them represents a situation quite like I've encountered.   The 
> example given of Clare Boothe Luce, which comes closest, is 
> represented by n  50048840, which doesn't show any change of heading 
> among the superseded versions.  Furthermore, it has not yet been 
> upgraded to RDA.
> I fear that catalogers are not making updates in accordance with the 
> instruction because of an unwillingness to "rock the boat". Yes, 
> updates cause work for people at other agencies, such as LC.  But if 
> we don't collectively develop the practice of making such updates-- 
> what will be the consequences?
> Sincerely - Ian P.S. As of this writing, the case in hand (n  
> 82212354) resides in my local save file as I eagerly await your responses!
> Ian Fairclough
> Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian
> George Mason University
> 703-993-2938
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John Carter Brown Library
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