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From: Vicki Greenwell <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, May 14, 2021 10:53 AM
To: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: a question about fictitious characters becoming name authorities


Hey guys,  I don’t post often because I’m afraid of sounding like an idiot, but I have a question and I hope you can give me some guidance.  Periodically we (my staff at our library) post a list of fictitious characters that have acquired name authority records.  Before I can post our updated list which has nearly 200 new additions since the last time we posted it, I’ve run across a couple of anomalies that have given me pause.


In the past when a fictitious character was represented by a subject heading with an author’s name as a qualifier it was represented in this format :


__ |a Black (Fictitious character : Farley)

  (copied from sh 99001313)


When the fictitious character becomes a name authority the format becomes :


0_ |a Amelia |c (Fictitious character from Moss)

  (copied from no2015030802)


However, I have found the following that have become name authorities but have retained the format of the subject heading.


0_ |a Calvin |c (Fictitious character : Watterson)

(copied from no2020114212)


0_ |a Franklin |c (Fictitious character : Bourgeois)

(copied from no2020084705)


0_ |a Gerald |c (Fictitious character : Willems)

(copied from no2020086846)


I’ve only seen them from this past year.  Should they have been made in the format I indicated previously (Fictitious character from …)?  Which format is correct?  Are they both correct?  If it’s wrong, should I correct it before I release my updated list?


Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance.   


Victoria Greenwell

Technical Services Librarian Manager

Paul Sawyier Public Library

319 Wapping Street

Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

(502)352-2665 extension 202