I am curious to know how others are applying the various AACR2 rules and
associated LC Rule interpretations for serial title changes in relation to
database records (OCLC for me) which may contradict them. 21.2A outlines
various conditions which do NOT constitute a title change such as variations
in spelling, change after the first five words, etc.
We have a fairly large backlog of title changes to work through in terms of
full cataloging (temporary records have been created in manual files and
check-in records set up in our Faxon SC-10 database).
In checking through OCLC I have found some records, such as those for Animal
behaviour abstracts (OCLC 1795690) LC card no. 74-647139/r852 which indicates
that it was published 1974-198u and was continued by: Animal behavior
abstracts (OCLC 18529163) which began with v. 10, 1982.
This does not seem to qualify as a title change according to 21.2A since all I
can see is a spelling change of behavior. I would cheerfully ignore it and
leave our original record for Animal behaviour abstracts (#1795690) as an open
entry in our database except for concerns about ILL and resource sharing.
I would appreciate any insights from the group.
I am not one who believes in looking for ways to avoid real title changes
since I think our users (and our staffs for that matter) work primarily from
the cover title. So I don't think we are doing them a favor, even if we make
things a little simpler for ourselves, when we get into elaborate determina-
tions of what is the most frequently occurring title if the title varies on
different places in the publication, etc. But I don't think anyone, catalogers
or users wants to get bogged down in minor variations (that many would never
notice anyhow) such as those outlined in 21.2A. At the same time, in terms of
ILL, holdings in cooperative projects, etc, confusion could arise if some of
us appear to have only a "dead" title and not the new one. Since I don't have
a gigantic cataloging staff sitting around twiddling their thumbs, I have to
balance, as do we all, internal efficiency with national concerns.
Again, I would be interested in your comments.
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