Mary Charles Lasater mentions:

"A few ‘best practices’ might be useful.  "

With which I wholeheartedly agree.

Locally, I have established a few "best practices."  For example, we put extra effort into authority records for certain categories, such as entities affiliated with the University and special collections. Hence, I would include our institution in a 373 field for faculty authors. We have a special collection of women composers, so I include a 374 field for them, in the hope that someday (soon?) this field will enrich searching.

But, of course, more widely agreed upon best practices would make a lot more sense. We are all about cooperation, aren't we?


Michael Colby
Principal Cataloger
The Library
University of California, Davis
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