Saturday, August 3, 2013

Recording Statement of Responsibility : LC-PCC Best Practices Guidelines

Myth:
“You must always record all statements of responsibility.”

Reality:

Incorrect.  You must record the first statement of responsibility, generally in full.  Recording subsequent statements of responsibility is a matter of judgment -- but of course they are usually helpful for the user.  Also, note this from 2.4.2.3: “If not all statements of responsibility appearing on the source or sources of information are being recorded, give preference to those identifying creators of the intellectual or artistic content. In case of doubt, record the first statement.


Myth:
“But aren’t you required to record a subsequent statement of responsibility if it describes an illustrator of a resource intended for children?”

Reality:

This is good cataloging practice, but not necessarily required.  You must provide an access point for the illustrator; and that the relationship designator “$e illustrator”. But a statement of responsibility other than the first one is not a core element.

[Source : Library of Congress]