Yes, that relationship designator clearly doesn’t belong in that see-also reference. It might belong in a see-also reference to “United States”, but that isn’t the reference we want to make. In this case, doubly not.







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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Hostage
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Subject: [PCCLIST] Relationship designators


Relationship designators have not been defined for every possible relationship, nor is that even possible.


The NAR for Donald Trump has been updated with a

510 1 ǂi Chief executive of: ǂa United States. ǂb President (2017- : Trump) ǂw r


The NAR for his term in office has a reciprocal 500.  Obama has received the same treatment.


However, Trump is not chief executive of his term in office.  He is, sadly, chief executive of the entire United States.


These AAPs for heads of state, etc., are strange concoctions.  They are not really corporate bodies.  They merely represent a specific role of the person, when he or she acts in an official capacity.


There are times when a simple “see also” relationship would be both simpler and more accurate.  This is one of them.




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