Text string based AAPs, using W/E entities + qualifiers, are of tremendous value to those who want to browse name/title headings. To appreciate the “quantum leap” from the old catalog to the current NAF, take a look at the name/title index of Homer’s two epics in English translation: Iliad, 43 (AAPs), Odyssey 35 (AAPs), THANKS to UPB! Would faceted, identifier-based/keyword searches yield the same results in less than 30 seconds via BIBFRAME, Google, Amazon?
There generally wouldn’t be user-readable labels “Work” and “Expression”. There is no need for that to be presented to the user.
If it is hard for catalogers to intuit how to apply these rules, how do we expect the “correct” results to be understood by the public? I especially wonder about user-readable links and labels using the words “work” and “expression.” The terms have many meanings in English, and their FRBR meanings probably haven’t made it to reference works outside of the library profession.
Presumably your second sentence. But maybe I’m missing something. If I am, I may not be the only one – and therein lies the problem of correct profession-wide implementation. Enough catalogers need to have a good intuitive understanding of all this to implement it correctly. Incorrectly constructed authority records create bad examples in the database used by others who still haven’t figured it out and can’t tell a correct authority record from an incorrect one. And the result is more incorrect examples.
Stephen T. Early
Center for Research Libraries
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But if the policy were to always include the language in the expression AAP, wouldn't that mean that *every* RDA bib record will require a 130 or 240 field? Or would we do it only for things that have expression authority records? While I'm not terribly bothered by a certain (limited) amount of inconsistency in the bibliographic database due to evolving standards, this seems to be a bit much.
(who is getting even more impatient waiting for the day when identifiers take the place of AAPs)
Kevin M. Randall
Principal Serials Cataloger
Northwestern University Libraries
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