Jacob Burns Law Library
George Washington University
Oh, boy, I just realized they didn’t revise name-title authorities associated with Patricia Bradley (Educator). One is no2014039859.
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I think (Educator) was particularly misleading if the heading is for a pseudonym. She went by Trainum as an educator. If one was to put a qualifier on, it should have been (Novelist) or something similar.
In what sense would you say it was a “valid” heading? Because it had the right punctuation?
Pardon my being out of touch, but I’ve got the impression lately that people are adding dates to old headings, even when not necessary to distinguish names. Is that a new policy? Can we change authorized access points now if we find ways to improve them? I like the idea if we can do it. I think Bradley, Patricia, ǂd 1945- is a much better name form than the old form.
UAB Lister Hill Library
The heading Bradley, Patricia $c (Educator) was established in 2013. It’s the pseudonym of a writer of “romance suspense” novels who formerly worked in education.
A couple of weeks ago the heading was changed to Bradley, Patricia ǂd 1945-
Aside from the fact that commas are missing from the 100 and 400, there is no 400 for the earlier heading. Also, there are two author-title series authorities that were not revised.
On the one hand, since she seems to have left her school job in 2008, the qualifier (Educator) might be misleading. On the other hand, it was a valid RDA heading, and is it really worthwhile to be changing such headings? (Things, not strings.) And if it is worthwhile, shouldn’t it be done completely?
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