I find that example a bit confusing.  It seems to contradict the instruction, “Prefer a controlled vocabulary, such as LCSH or MeSH, when recording profession or occupation terms.”



100 1#

$a Thompson, Simon $c (Professor)

374 ##

$a College teachers $2 lcsh

374 ##

$a University and college faculty members $2 lcdgt



Following the rubric of the PS, shouldn’t the qualifier be “College teacher”? Is this example showing that you can use other terms (if you prefer) even if there are valid terms in LCSH?


(Don’t get me wrong: I would much prefer to use “professor” instead, as I know plenty of profs who teach at universities, not college—and that distinction matters to them, if not us.)





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I believe LC-PCC PS applies to recording a profession or occupation in field 374.  In fact, one of the examples given uses (Professor) in the access point.  It would be very difficult to use controlled vocabularies for such additions, and what would be the point? Also, (Law teacher) is not a controlled term.



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I just came across the following name, established by LC:

Siegelman, Peter (Professor of law)



When I establish personal names for law professors and a qualifier is needed, I generally use (Law teacher) based on the LCSH term, since LC-PCC PS for indicates that controlled vocabulary terms are to be preferred.  There is no applicable LCDGT term I can find.  Does anyone know what controlled vocabulary “Professor of law” might have come from, or other rationale for using it?  I’m not going to change this one, but thinking about what I should use in the future.


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