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Re: cataloging online databases as serials Kevin M. Randall 09 Jan 1997 17:29 UTC

At 06:34 PM 1/8/97 EST, Beth Guay wrote:
>I'd like some feedback. Does anyone else have a problem with
>treating online databases as monographs?--Thanks, Beth Guay

I have a problem with treating an online database as EITHER a
monograph OR a serial.  Like Crystal Graham, who has been trying
to get the world moving on resolving this bibliographic-level
issue, I believe that these things lie somewhere in-between.
However, rather than her working term "bibliographic
hermaphrodites", I would prefer something a little more
library-jargon-like, such as "dynamic entity".  A new
bibliographic level would take care of this, I think; with
format integration, all necessary MARC elements are available
in all of the formats, so using the computer file format would
give no restrictions.

Kevin M. Randall
Head, Serials Cataloging Section
Northwestern University Library
Evanston, IL   60208-2300

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