ANSI question Nancy Chaffin 03 Dec 1992 19:09 UTC

Cross posted to AUTOCAT and SERIALST.  Sorry for duplicate postings.

I am having some difficulty interpreting ANSI standards for Serials
Holding data.  Here is my situation:

Evans Library has a subscription to the microform copy of Pravda
(Moscow newspaper).  Our run, however, is not complete.  (In
explaining this, I won't even attempt to type the Russian--I'll use
English translations.)  On the copies of the newspaper itself that
we own are the following designations:

No. 1 (22066) <Day of the week>, 1 <January> 1979
     No. 1 increases by one with each issue--the Dec. 31st issue is
     called No. 365.  The Jan. 1 issue of the next year repeats the
     No. 1.

     (22066) increases by one with each issue, but continues with
     no breaks or repeats from one year to the next.  Jan. 1, 1980
     is 22430. This would be, as I understand it, an alternative
     numbering scheme.

     The dates are pretty ordinary, but in 1991, the newspaper
     began only 6 issues a week--no Sunday issue.

We have full years 1979 - 1985, from Jan. 1 1986 - June 30, 1986,
full years 1988-1990, and Jan 1 1991 - June 30, 1991.

My questions:

     1.  We are using OCLC bib record 25791718, which lists the
publisher of the microfilm as University Microfilms International
(the publisher of the reels we own).  This record has a 362 field
which reads "Began with 9 <November?> 1917." There is a 500 note
"Description based on: Jul.-Dec.1988 - July.-Dec. 1989-" and a 310
field "Daily".  Since I do not have the first issue in hand, I do
not know if the alternative numbering system (22066) was present on
the first issue.  I do know, however, that it is consistently used
on the pieces I do have in hand.  Do I add this information in a
515 note?  If so, how should the note read?  "Issues [No. 1 Jan. 1
1979]-   also numbered 22066-" ?  Should the 310 be changed to a
321 "Daily, 1917-1990" and the 310 read "Daily (Mon.-Sat.), 1991-"?

     2.  In formulating the volume holdings, how do I record the
alternative numbering and the gap in ownership.  I think I have two
alternatives :

     a. 1979=22066-1985=24622 no.1 (1986:Jan. 1)=24623-no.181
(1986:June 30)=24803,1988=25353-1990=26448 no.1 (1991:Jan.
1)=26449-no.155 (1991:June 29)=26603

     b.  no.1 (1979:Jan. 1)=22066-no.365 (1985:Dec. 31)=24622 no.1
(1979:Jan. 1)=224623-no.181 (1986:June 30)-24803,no.1 (1988:Jan.
1)=25353-no.365 (1990:Dec. 31)=26448 no.1 (1991:Jan. 1)=26449-
no.155 (1991:June 29)=26603.

     I'm inclined to favor the "b" method, because ANSI Z39.44, p.
18 states "When alternative numbering exists, there should be
correlation between the different enumeration schemes.", but it is
very "busy".  Also, by indication "", these actually
are repeated numbers--no.1, 1979,1980,1981,1982, etc.  Is this
misleading?  Maybe wrong?  In defense of the "a" method, we
condense our holdings here at Texas A&M as much as possible.

Any help anyone can give me on this would be greatly appreciated.
If this is too simplistic a question to post the answer on the
list, please respond to me directly.

Thanks in advance,
Nancy Chaffin  
Serials Cataloger
Evans Library
Texas A&M University