Tuesday, July 15, 2003


The Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access is discussing the use of conventional terms as SMD's in formats other than electronic resources. This would be a major change, I think for the better. However, they need to hear from you. Let them know your concerns and thoughts on this.

I think, that as long as we continue to use the GMD we can be flexible with the SMD. This is the best option using both the language of our users and a controlled vocabulary. If use of the GMD is discontinued, my position is modified. If we require a 655 drawn from a controlled vocabulary, using conventional terms as SMD's is fine. If that is not required, then we should stop using convention terms as SMD's. There does need to be some access by format using controlled terms.

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