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Take a look at VIAF (the virtual international authority file)fictionophileviaf capture

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:22:03 +0000

As all catalogers know, name and subject authorities differ from country to country.  That is why your library has to set the ground rules for which authority file you are going to follow and stick with that one. Just in … Continue reading (image)

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Tibet as a subjectfictionophileTibet

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:50:35 +0000

Back in 2013 the Library of Congress updated the subject heading: Tibet (China) to   Tibet Autonomous Region (China) Our catalog had not been fully updated to reflect this change. Has yours????(image)

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Sewing NOT Dressmakingfictionophilesewing-machine-close-up

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:43:55 +0000

MY RANT FOR TODAY…. Just cataloged an instructional DVD titled “Sewing beyond the basics: kitchen accessories”.  The DVD includes a bonus CD-ROM with patterns. I wanted to add the subject heading: 150 — |aSewing|vPatterns  but this is invalid. Instead it is … Continue reading (image)

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Bombay (India) not valid for use as a subjectfictionophileMumbai map

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:49:57 +0000

Bombay (India) is now Mumbai (India) Mumbai मुंबई Bombay LC still authorizes use of Bombay (India) as a corporate name heading. However Bombay (India) IS NOT VALID FOR USE AS A SUBJECT! When cataloguing a work ‘about’ use Mumbai (India) … Continue reading (image)

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Koran is now QurʼanfictionophileThe Holy Koran

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:58:25 +0000

This subject heading change might be tricky for some library software packages due to the diacritic.   For instance, my library software displays as: Qur[AE]an  (image)

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TemplarsfictionophileKnights Templar

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:17:58 +0000

I catalog a lot of fiction.  A popular topic  involves the historic Christian military order the Knights Templar – an organization that existed for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages.  When cataloging works about this historic order I notice … Continue reading (image)

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Calcutta name changefictionophilecalcutta

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:52:14 +0000

A quick ‘heads up’ alert The authority for Calcutta (India) states: 667 — |aSUBJECT USAGE: This heading is not valid for use as a subject. Works about this place are entered under Kolkata (India). This is a name change that … Continue reading (image)

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RDA and the library patronfictionophileACCESS

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 00:46:44 +0000

RDA is here whether we want it or not. As yet my library system has chosen not to implement RDA.  However, seemingly we will not be able to hold out forever… To all those libraries who are using RDA – … Continue reading (image)

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Cataloging Service Bulletins: do you miss them?fictionophileImage

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:43:51 +0000

I mourn the discontinuation of the Cataloging Service Bulletins.  I found them to be a vital resource for keeping up-to-date on new and changed subject headings and name authorities.  The Library of Congress site states that they are a discontinued … Continue reading (image)

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Technology includedfictionophileImage

Wed, 06 Mar 2013 18:14:38 +0000

For some years now we have been seeing CD-ROMs and DVDs included with some books. Today broke new ground for me.  Our department catalogued a title with a USB Flash Drive included!  (image)

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