Hi Denis,

It is an interesting and unusual situation and I am not sure what to do (well, I had an idea but I have been overruled), so thanks to an observant member of the NACO Advisory Group, the group is discussing it and will have a credible answer after there is consensus within the group. 

Can you hold on for one more day or so?



Paul Frank

​​Policy, Training, and Cooperative Programs Division

Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave., SE

Washington, DC 20540-4230


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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Denis Brunke <[log in to unmask]>
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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?

Denis Brunke
Original Cataloger
University of Wisconsin--Madison
312 Memorial Library
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-3529