Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Preliminary Authority Records

I'm bothered by authority records at remaining as preliminary for 25 years or so. Seems like we should be wary of using preliminary things. If a piece of software is marketed as preliminary or beta, I'd only use it in controlled situations. Yet some of these preliminary headings have been used to create name/title authority records. Just how many are there? Well, in our small library here are the headings marked as preliminary in our catalog.
  • n 83825067 Spector, William S.
  • n 83825547 Library of Congress. Classification Division. Classification. Class R: Medicine.
  • n 83825719 Colloquium on the Optical Properties and Electronic Structure of Metals and Alloys (Paris, France)
  • n 83825864 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Committee on Biological Works.
  • n 83825968 Hyman, Charles J.
  • n 83827345 Linhart, J. G.
  • n 83827385 Solar Spectrum Symposium (1963 : Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht)
  • n 83827671 Schwarzschild, Martin.
  • n 83827701 Space Age Astronomy Symposium (1961 : Pasadena, Calif.)
  • n 83827876 King, Gerald W.
  • n 83828167 Brandstatter, Julius J.
  • n 83828312 Heide, Fritz, 1891-
  • n 83828638 Watanabe, Hiroshi, 1927-
  • n 83828871 Jong, Wieger Fokke de, 1896-
  • n 83829154 International Symposium on the Origin of Life on the Earth (1957 : Moscow, Russia)
  • n 83829438 International Symposium on Basic Environmental Problems of Man in Space.
  • n 84800287 Conference on the Nature of the Surface of the Moon (1965 : Greenbelt, Md.)
  • n 84802687 I.A.U. Symposium on the Moon.
  • n 84803439 Zylka, Romuald.
  • n 84803672 Mineur, Henri, 1899-1954.
  • n 84806607 Sandner, Werner.
  • n 84806671 Lunar Surface Materials Conference (1963 : Boston, Mass.)
  • n 84806677 International Geophysics Committee.
  • n 85800342 Bonola, Roberto, 1874-1911.
  • n 85800347 Small, Robert, 1732-1808.
  • n 85800679 Kunkel, Wulf B.
  • n 85801170 Becvar, Antonin, 1901-
  • n 85801875 White, John Francis, 1921-
  • n 85802026 United States. National Committee for the International Geophysical Year.
  • n 85802469 Jubilee of Relativity Theory (1955 : Bern, Switzerland)
  • n 85802520 Maisak, Lawrence.
  • n 85803615 Chayes, Felix, 1916-
  • n 85803890 Hagihara, Yusuke, 1897-
  • n 85803956 McKinley, Donald William Robert, 1912-
  • n 85804249 Rankama, Kalervo, 1913-
  • n 85804653 Raimes, Stanley.
  • n 85804715 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Conference on the Solar Wind (1964 : Pasadena, Calif.)
  • n 85806886 American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Committee on Structural Nomenclature.
  • n 85814887 National Research Council (U.S.). Panel on Solid Earth Problems.
Will some of these no longer be preliminary when death dates are added? Not necessarily. Many of these have been updated over the years as a look at the 005 will show, yet they are still preliminary. /rant

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