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 There's more work to be done on modeling fictitious characters as entities.
I'd argue that fictional characters have important aspects as works, not
just as persons, and that the genre of the character as a work is
Superheroes.

Stephen

On Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 2:43 PM, McDonald, Stephen <[log in to unmask]>
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> I think I agree.  For those few characters who make a paying profession
> out of their superpowers, their profession might be better labeled
> “Soldiers of fortune”, “Assassins”, “Bodyguards”, “Spies”, “Private
> investigators”, etc.
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> Steve McDonald
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> *From:* Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> *On
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> *Sent:* Wednesday, August 8, 2018 3:29 PM
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> *Subject:* Re: [PCCLIST] Superheroes - profession/occupation or other
> distinguishing characteristic?
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> I agree. To my mind "Heros" and "Superheroes" are descriptions of status.
> One isn't employed (for fun or profit) as a hero or superhero; one simply
> is a a hero/superhero. I think those terms belong in 368 fields just as
> terms such as Political prisoners and Holocaust survivors, and Refugees
> belong in 368.
> Nancy
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> On 8/8/2018 9:12 AM, Robert Maxwell wrote:
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> I$B!G(Bve generally used 368 for $B!H(BHeroes$B!I(B though I see plenty of
> the $B!H(BHeroes$B!I(B term recorded in 374 in the file. It also looks like
> $B!H(BSuperheroes$B!I(B has been recorded in both fields (and at least
> once, incorrectly, in 372). $B!H(BSuperheroes$B!I(B seems a little more
> like an occupation (374) than $B!H(BHeroes$B!I(B, but I think I$B!G(Bd use
> 368 for both $B!H(BHeroes$B!I(B and $B!H(BSuperheroes$B!I(B.
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> *From:* Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]>
> <[log in to unmask]> *On Behalf Of *Adam L. Schiff
> *Sent:* Wednesday, August 8, 2018 1:00 PM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* Superheroes - profession/occupation or other distinguishing
> characteristic?
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> Hi Collective Wisdom,
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> I$B!G(Bm establishing the name of a superhero.  I$B!G(Bm wondering where
> to record the attribute that the person is a superhero.  In LCSH we have
> the heading Superheroes.  In NARs for individual superheroes, that has been
> recorded in either 374 (profession/occupation) or 368 $c (other attributes
> of person or corporate body).
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> RDA 9.16.1.1 has this definition: profession or occupation$B"'(B
> <http://access.rdatoolkit.org/document.php?id=rdagloss&target=rdaregistry.info-Elements-a-P50104#rdaregistry.info-Elements-a-P50104>:
> A person's vocation or avocation
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> RDA 9.6.1.1 has this definition: other designation associated with person
> $B"'(B
> <http://access.rdatoolkit.org/document.php?id=rdagloss&target=rdaregistry.info-Elements-a-P50108#rdaregistry.info-Elements-a-P50108>:
> A term other than a title that is associated with a person
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> Merriam-Webster$B!G(Bs online dictionary has these definitions:
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> vocation 2 a *: *the work in which a person is employed *: *occupation
> <https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occupation>  b *: *the
> persons engaged in a particular occupation
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> avocation 1 *: *a subordinate occupation pursued in addition to one's
> vocation <https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocation> especially
> for enjoyment *: *hobby <https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hobby>
> 2 *: *customary employment *: *vocation
> <https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocation>
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> Is being a superhero a vocation or avocation?  My inclination is that it
> is not, and I should record Superheroes in 368 $c:
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> 368 ## $c Superheroes $2 lcsh
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> Please discuss!
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