Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Dates in Authority Records

News from LC
In June of 2005, the Library of Congress Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO) invited comment on this list (and others) regarding a proposal to allow the addition of death dates to headings in the LC/NACO Authority File. CPSO received 139 responses-- it was rewarding to see the tremendous response and interesting discussion that this proposal stimulated, and we would like to thank all those who responded.

The original proposal was slightly modified based on comments received to limit the addition of death dates to those headings with "open" birth dates (the kinds of headings perceived by catalog users as wrong, misleading, or outdated).

LCRI 22.17 was just revised and republished (Feb. 2006) to reflect this change in policy. LC's plan for implementing this revised policy, as well as details regarding a special project to add death dates to 300 headings for prominent persons, is available (this page also contains links to the original proposal and a discussion of the responses receieved).

Questions, comments, etc., can be sent to cpso@loc.gov

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