Email list hosting service & mailing list manager

Uniform titles and electronic serials (2 messages) Stephen Clark 06 Mar 1998 16:28 UTC

2 messages

Date:         Fri, 6 Mar 1998 09:52:04 -0500
From:         Regina Reynolds <rrey@LOC.GOV>
Subject:      Re: Uniform Title and Electronic Serials (Tricia Butler)

Let me first attempt to answer Jeff's original question about uniform
titles and then Tricia's comments about ISSN assignments.

It is standard LC practice for the "unique serial identifier" type of
uniform title ( that is, the uniform title which is differentiating among
non-unique serial titles), that the first record in the database does not
get a 130.  So, since the print title is often the first record, it often
does not have a 130.  However, that is not always the case so you will see
some 130's with the qualifier (print).  Also, a 130 is not added
retrospectively.  However, key title practice differs.  When the need for
a qualifier arises because there is already a record with the same title
in the database, ISSN catalogers go back and retrospectively qualify the
first key title.  The usual pattern is that when a record for the
electronic serial is added to the database the key title for the print
record is amended to add the qualifier (print).

As for the assignment of separate ISSN to serials in different media, this
was a decision of the ISSN Network quite a few years ago.  When online
versions of print serials began to be put onto the Web, the ISSN directors
re-visited this decision.  We sought input from the various ISSN
constituencies.  Not surprisingly, there was a difference of opinion
between those who wished to use the same ISSN and those who felt that
these were, in fact, different publications which needed different
identifiers.  There was a strong preference for separate identification
which led the ISSN Network to re-affirm its existing policy requiring
separate ISSN for all but reproductions.  Microfilm reproductions such as
those produced by University Microfilms and others, as well as scanning
projects such as JSTOR fall under the reproduction category

Regina  R. Reynolds                     email:
Head, National Serials Data Program     voice: (202) 707-6379
Library of Congress                     fax    (202) 707-6333
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.           ISSN Web page:
Washington, D.C. 20540-4160

Date:         Fri, 6 Mar 1998 10:23:16 -0500
From:         "Jean L. Hirons" <jhir@LOC.GOV>
Subject:      Uniform titles and electronic serials


The basic policy for uniform titles has been to assign them to the title
being cataloged.  However, CCM 5.2.1. does say that if all titles are
being worked on or edited that a uniform title can be added to each.  So
there is no prohibition against adding the uniform title on the earlier
record, as is the case with Nitric oxide (Print).  I suspect that the
library who added it felt that the qualifiers for format were useful.

I also wanted to mention that section 5.2.5 was updated (fall 1997)
to include the information about computer files so both Modules 5 and 31 are
in sync!

As we proceed with the AACR2 rule revision discussions we will be
reexamining the use of uniform titles, particularly as to how they
could/should be used in a latest entry record, what their function is, and
how permanent they need to be.  I sometimes feel that we created a monster
but it seems to be a monster we can't live without!  Your thoughts will be
most appreciated!

Jean Hirons
CONSER Coordinator

On Fri, 6 Mar 1998, Stephen Clark wrote:

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Thu, 5 Mar 1998 14:00:43 -0800
> From: idealga@ACAD.COM
> Subject: Re: Uniform Title and Electronic Serials (Jeff Steely)
>      It might be of interest that the Library of Congress has requested
>      that Academic Press file for separate ISSN's for it's print and
>      electronic products, even though the content of both are currently
>      identical issue-by-issue.  This was something discussed back and forth
>      for several months, and it was the international committee on these
>      standards that pushed the LOC to this decision.
>      Tricia Butler
>      Director of Circulation
>      Academic Press
> ______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________
> Subject: Uniform Title and Electronic Serials (Jeff Steely)
> Author:  <SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU> at ~Internet_Mail
> Date:    3/5/98 4:26 PM
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Thu, 5 Mar 1998 15:06:34 -0600
> From: Jeff Steely <Jeffrey_Steely@BAYLOR.EDU>
> Subject: Uniform Title and Electronic Serials
> Colleagues,
> When a print and electronic version of a serial are issued simultaneously, does
> one need to add a 130 to the print version of the serial?  I just came across a
> record in OCLC in which the uniform title "Nitric oxide (Print)" was added to
> the record for the print version (OCLC #35147437).  This is the source of my
> question.
> CONSER Catatloging Manual 5.2.5, "When not to add a uniform title" says that a
> uniform title is NOT necessary "when the records represent different physical
> versions of the same serial that are issued simultaneously."
> I also checked Module 31 online.  31.6 states that "a computer file serial that
> is also issued in another physical format, such as print or CD- ROM, is not
> treated as a reproduction, and therefore requires a uniform title qualified by
> the physical medium."  There is no indication, however, that a 130 should be
> added to the print copy.  The example in Module 31 for a concurrently published
> serial ( is "Emerging
> infectious diseases."  While the example has the uniform title "Emerging
> infectious diseases (Online)", the counterpart print record does NOT have a
> uniform title.
> So, should the record for the print version have a uniform title added?  If so,
> under what circumstances?
> Thanks for your assistance.
> Sincerely,
> Jeff Steely
> (Wannabe Serials Cataloger)
> Baylor Libraries: Serials
> PO Box 97151
> Waco, TX 76798-7151
> Phone (254)710-2118
> Fax (254)710-3116