Saturday, August 3, 2013

Preferred Title, Works, Selections: LC-PCC Best Practices Guidelines

Myth:
“If two different works have the same preferred title, there is a conflict that must be broken by adding the form, date, or place of origin of the work, or another distinguishing characteristic.”
Reality:
Not necessarily.  The authorized access point for the work is the combination of preferred title and creator (if any).  If the combination of these elements is not the same, there is no conflict. 

Myth:
“In determining whether there is a conflict, you should predict whether one is likely.”
Reality:
Wrong.  According to LC-PCC PS 6.27.1.9, you should only break actual existing conflicts.

Myth:
“In order to break a conflict in naming a work, the first preference is form of the work.  Then, if necessary, add date, place of origin, or other distinguishing characteristic -- in that order.”
Reality:
No, there is no ‘first preference’ for breaking conflicts.  Use whichever of those elements most effectively breaks the conflict, applied on a case-by-case basis.  There is no order of preference.

Myth:
“When adding the language to a Uniform Title for a part of a work or for “Selections,” the language is recorded before the part or “Selections.” (e.g., $a Poems. $l French. $k Selections.”
Reality:

No, this is a change from AACR2 practice.  “Selections” is a work element, while language is an expression element; do not ‘break-up’ these elements.  The proper subfield order is $a $k $l

[Source : Library of Congress]