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RICHARD NOBLE :: RARE MATERIALS CATALOGUER :: JOHN HAY LIBRARY
BROWN UNIVERSITY  ::  PROVIDENCE, R.I. 02912  ::  401-863-1187
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On Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 7:05 PM, Ian Fairclough <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> PCCLIST readers,
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> The question whether conflicts in authorized access points other than
> those found in LC's catalog should be resolved came up in discussion
> recently.  I'm firmly in favor of resolving conflicts within the database
> that a cataloger is using, which for many of us will be OCLC WorldCat.
> This view is supported in DCM Z1 Introduction:
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> In constructing authorized access points, variants,  and recording
> information, NACO participants and LC catalogers not working in the LC
> Database may make use of all records on the file against which the
> searching and cataloging is being done:  OCLC, British Library, SkyRiver,
> etc.  NACO participants may choose to use only LC records found on the file
> being searched.  For LC catalogers working in the LC Database, the file is
> the set of records comprising the "LC database" (see 670 section of this
> document
> <http://desktop.loc.gov/search?view=document&doc_action=setdoc&doc_keytype=foliodestination&doc_key=dcmz1670&hash=670>).
> In this document, "database" refers to whatever file is being used for
> searching and cataloging.
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> My comments:
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> When a personal name access point is unqualified, and the same access
> point is used as an undifferentiated heading for various people, it is
> appropriate to disambiguate them within the file used.  Other NACO
> participants may differ with this view, and their viewpoint is supported by
> the second sentence in that paragraph.  Many catalogers will likely be
> subject to the direction of a local policy and/or supervisor.
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> However, Module 7 “Making Changes to Existing Name and Work/Expression
> Authority Records” slide 8 “Why Update an Existing NAR ?” has: To change an
> existing *authorized* access point to *resolve a NACO conflict.*  Recent
> discussion focused on the phrase “NACO conflict”, which seems to be taken
> as intending that a conflict is to be resolved only if it occurs between
> NACO authority records.  That interpretation prevents NACO work from being
> undertaken with a view to resolving conflicts within bibliographic
> databases such as WorldCat.  The rationale for resolving conflicts in
> WorldCat is (1) that it helps the users of that database, and (2) when
> catalogers encounter a situation that can be improved by their attention to
> it, they should be allowed, if not required, to do so. The same might be
> said for other bibliographic databases.
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> Perhaps the phrase “NACO conflict” might be reviewed and replaced in favor
> of one which permits a broader application on the part of NACO contributors
> other than LC catalogers.
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> Sincerely - Ian
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> Ian Fairclough
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> Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian
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> George Mason University
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