Re: Upgrades to OCLC bibliographic records? Kevin M. Randall 13 Feb 1998 20:15 UTC

At 09:53 AM 2/12/98 -0800, Kathleen Thorne wrote:
>Good morning - I have a couple of questions for all you serials
>catalogers: first: when you use OCLC bibliographic records for
>cataloging materials, do you upgrade the records to current AACR2
>standards if the record is an older one created under AACR standards, or
>do you use the record in the exact form you find it?

Hey there, Kathleen.  At NUL we generally to not upgrade to AACR2, unless
there are some major revisions required for other reasons (most notably the
times when the record is pretty skeletal).  We may also upgrade to AACR2 if
the serial has a corresponding series authority record that's in AACR2.

>And second question: if you have journals which were cataloged &
>classified back in the days preceding computer access to OCLC/LC
>records, and the call numbers which were assigned then do not match the
>call number assigned by LC, do you now go back and re-classify to the LC
>call number (as found in the 050 field) and re-label all the bound
>volumes, or do you leave them with the call number which the journal has
>had in your library for all these years?

Sorry, can't help you here.  We use Dewey.  ;)

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

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