Not speaking for CONSER—possibly there are special rules for this—but as a general PCC/NACO rule for authorized access points (which is what we’re talking about), the authorized access point needs to be qualified if it conflicts with another even if no conflicting access point has been established yet in the NAF. I.e., if my proposed access point would conflict with that of another work that I know about—either through looking through the bibliographic file, or from reference sources, I need to qualify it even if nobody has yet established that other work in the NAF. This is not the same as anticipating a conflict. When I anticipate a conflict I think to myself “hmm, this might conflict in the future with something, it’s such a common title, but I haven’t actually discovered such a conflict”—but this is not the same thing. In this case (your case) you already know of at least one other work that conflicts (and will cause a conflicting AAP). So the AAP for your work should be established in the NAF (or entered in the bib record if you’re not making an NAR) with a qualifier.


I would think this would apply to serial works as well as any other works. If you know of a title that would produce a conflict in your AAP with any work (and it doesn’t have to be a serial, it can be a monograph, or for that matter the name of any other entity such as a corporate body) you should qualify the AAP.




Robert L. Maxwell
Ancient Languages and Special Collections Librarian
6728 Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602


From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Scharff, Mark
Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 11:11 AM
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Subject: Question about triage for conflicting serial titles


Hi, all.  I’m asking this as a PCC member whose library is PCC only for NACO.  


I’m doing some work in our catalog with in-analytics for musical works found in journals.  The records for the analytics are local, but those for the host serials are in OCLC.  The analytic records contain access points for the serial title to allow users to see what pieces our holdings of a serial title contain (these are unclassified periodicals, so no call number is available for that task).


My question has to do with titles with multiple conflicts in OCLC (in this case, “Music world”).  My understanding is that conflicts are resolved by adding a qualifier to the preferred title of the newly-cataloged serial.  In a copy-cataloging situation where there are already lots of conflicts in OCLC among serial records, is there a commonly-accepted triage for identifying the title that will *not* get qualified, the “Ur-title,” so to speak?  Is the presence of letters in the “L” column of a truncated display a mark of privilege?  What about 042?


This is under the assumption that I won’t create a SAR for the serial (the analytics are local, after all). 


I realize this is probably a very basic question, but if being clueless helps someone else get an answer to something they’ve been wondering, I’m game.  Thanks.


Mark Scharff, Music/Special Collections Catalog Librarian

Washington University in St. Louis