Friday, April 28, 2006

Series Authority Records

Petition to Prevent the Library of Congress From Abandoning the Creation of Series Authority Records. Not that I think it will do any good, but it can't hurt, and is easy. If they wanted input or were willing to consider alternatives, they would not have left such a short time between announcement and implementation.

1 comment:

elaine said...

Sometimes I think catalogers try to be too accommodating, and perhaps don't think enough of themselves and their worth, plus catalogers like to fix problems. At least, that's how I am. But when LC just jammed this down the throat of the cataloging world, and I realized its effect, I got fed up, and said, no, why should I take this? It's wrong, and it not only affects my institution, it effects every library that provides series access - that's thousands of libraries and thousands of catalogers and thousands of institutions that can't recover from this action without doing more work, hiring more staff, slowing down their own workflows, etc. It's just plain wrong, and LC should not be allowed to just get off the hook because we feel it is hopeless. It's not. Catalogers and libraries need to take a stance. If series work goes now, later it'll be subject headings, then classification, then what else? This is about more than simple series. It's a statement that the Library of Congress should continue its role as the national bibliographic agency, or, it should officially announce it's not going to assume this role, and get it over with. At least, then, we would know, could take action, get PCC to really assume this role. But, anyway, I don't think we should resign ourselves to this.