Hi Louise,


Yes, I donít think it makes sense to include the acronym as an addition to the spelled-out form of the name.   Thanks for helping me decide that thereís probably not any weird wrinkle Iím unaware of. 


Iím going to get the book cited in the 670 and probably revise the authority record based on what I find.







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Hi Pete,

    I donít think I would include CIAA in my conference name authorized access point.  I would of course include it in the NAR for the generic conference name as a 411.  But does RDA specify that an acronym included as part of a name like this get included?  I guess I would have to see the resource being cataloged and re-read the rules about corporate headings:


  RDA says, ďWhen choosing a preferred name for corporate body, choose the name by which the corporate body is commonly identified.  When a corporate body is known by more than one form of the same name, see additional instructions on choosing the preferred name at


   RDA basically says to choose the most commonly found form of the name, but if there is none, ďÖ choose a brief form of the name. The brief form may be an initialism or an acronym. The brief form must be sufficiently specific to differentiate the body from others with the same or similar brief names.Ē


  RDA Acronym/Initialism/Abbreviated Form says, ďIf a preferred name for corporate body is a full form of the name, record an acronym, initialism, or abbreviated form of the name as a variant name.Ē


By looking at all of this, Iíd say choose either the full form or the brief form, but not both, as your authorized access point.






Louise Ratliff

Social Sciences and Map Catalog Librarian

UCLA Library Cataloging & Metadata Center

2400 Life Sciences Building

Box 957230

Los Angeles, CA 90095-7230



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Take a look at n 2016055737, a DLC-made conference authority:


111:2 : Congreso Internacional de Antropologiža Aplicada (CIAA) $n (1st : $d 2013 : $c Lima, Peru)


Can the acronym ďCIAAĒ actually be a legitimate part of the heading?  I wondered if anyone was trying to use it as a qualifier to break a conflict, but thatís not it.


Just checking to make sure I havenít missed something.




Pete Wilson

Vanderbilt University