Just a quick follow-up to the rare occurrence of “a compiler of books” Aaron mentioned.
Web. 3 gives 2 definitions under “Compiler”:
a) one who assembles items of information for publication, e.g., <a compiler of maps>, <a compiler of specialized bibliographies>
It would be difficult to imagine that <a compiler of maps> would know little about maps (merely a map gatherer and publisher, without being one of “Cartographers” or “Cartographic historians”?). Similarly, < a compiler of specialized bibliographies> would not get the term “Bibliographers $2 lcsh” in 374.
b) a person who develops mailing lists for advertisers or gathers and arranges information of a variety of types for use in publication (as catalogs and directories)
Could these professionals be also called “Indexers” (Web. 3, 1st definition), or perhaps even “Catalogers”?
Actually, I once suggested that a MARC source code be established for the terms in RDA Appendix I so that they could be used in field 374. If others support the notion we could officially ask NDMSO to create a source code. But we might wish to wait until we know what the new RDA looks like.
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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Kuperman, Aaron <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: 374 field in NARs
I recall once encountering a work by a free lance writer whose specialty was COMPILING books. Under RDA, his profession would be "compilers". If I meet up with such a creator of works again (note, that 1book in 50,000+ doesn't suggest a frequent occurrence), I would ask PSD about using a term from the RDA in the 374.
Aaron Kuperman, LC Law Cataloging Section.
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Sent: Friday, May 11, 2018 9:39 AM
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] 374 field in NARs
I see no problem with Compilers in field 374 if: (a) the term is approved in that form in some controlled vocabulary; and (b) it means something in that vocabulary that corresponds to a profession or occupation (vocation or avocation) of the person in question. I'm not familiar with any controlled vocabulary that uses the term Compilers, but then there's lots of vocabularies I'm not familiar with, and lots of terms I don't know in the vocabularies I am familiar with. If the term used in 374 is not from a controlled vocabulary, DCM Z1 tells us it should be in singular form, not plural.
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William L. Robboy, Librarian