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I agree with John.  There's no reason you have to corroborate information found on a resource.  Set up the authority based on the information in hand.  I would only suggest that catalogers do additional research if there is a conflict that needs to be broken.  Otherwise, it's not a particularly efficient use of time to hunt for additional information or corroboration.  You are not required to add every possible element in an authority record.

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University of Washington Libraries

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I donít think you have to vet those claims.  You have a name of a contributor on a resource, and you want to provide access using that name.

 

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Itís certainly a unique identity, so itís not a question of conflict. Iím suspicious because the biographical information available to me describes the person as having ďauthored, co-authored and edited numerous groundbreaking research papers and articles on the techniques and principles of agriculture,Ē and I canít reconcile those claims with the lack of citations or discoverable work that Iíve encountered. Iím wary of overstepping my bounds and second-guessing, I think.

 

 

Seth Huber

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University of MissourióColumbia

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Seth

 

Do you have enough content to produce a unique entry?

Editors are certainly agents contributing to the work.

 

If the resource-in-hand includes information...do you have reason to think the included information is not true?

There are surely many scholars who have not built up big web presences.

 

My 2 cents is to give the benefit of the doubt and establish the name.

 

I was always told not to produce a conflict where none may exist. Do you know any conflicts exist between this name and the rest of the world?

 

Maybe just think about these things.

I look forward to hearing other POVs

 

Best wishes in your decision!

 

happy friday

 


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I had a question today that I donít recall being addressed in NACO training and that doesnít fall into RDA category that Iím aware of. I was asked by one of our catalogers to create an authority record for the editor of a book, but I wasnít able to find any information that corroborated the biographical description on the piece. As described there, this individual appears to be highly accomplished in their field in terms of publications, research, and service, but I couldnít find any trace of publications in discipline-specific databases, Scopus, etc., or any indication of a thesis at the institution specified in the biography. So Iím suspicious that this person is really who the biography says they are and am hesitant to establish this identity based on the available information. Iím still pretty new to contributing to authority records, so Iím really curious as to how more experienced catalogers would approach a situation like this.

 

Seth Huber

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University of MissourióColumbia

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