PCC list readers,
Denis Brunke asked a very interesting question last week about the pseudonymous place Kalikaha. There were many different opinions posted by PCC list readers. The five members of the NACO Advisory Group looked at the issue and came to agreement. The Advisory Group will take these actions:
1) Leave the authority record for Kalikaha (n 88194374) in the LC/NACO Authority File and re-code it to RDA
2) Add an updated BGN search citation in the 675 field
3) Add a 667 note:
667 Kalikaha is a pseudonymous name for a Senufo village whose real name is unknown; the pseudonymous name was chosen to preserve the privacy of the town and its residents.
If the real name is ever revealed, the situation will be reevaluated in light of the new information at hand.
The authorized access point Kalikaha (Côte d'Ivoire) may be used for both descriptive and subject access.
NACO Advisory Group
From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]>
On Behalf Of Denis Brunke
Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2020 4:45 PM
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] pseudonymous geographic name heading
Regarding: Kalikaha (Côte d'Ivoire) [n 88194374 ]
I'm still not sure how to proceed. It's not really an "imaginary place" like Wakanda or Middle Earth. It's a fake name for a real place, a real individual village. But we don't know the real name. In fact the author wants that real name to be secret, so they don't suffer political repercussions.
Should the name authority record be deleted or edited? Does it really deserve a subject authority record as a fictitious place? Or maybe there shouldn't be any authority records at all for this?
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