On 26/09/2011 22:58, Prejsnar, Mark wrote:
This disambiguation approach still relies to some significant extent on dates, however (which leaves the original concern unresolved). Would you want to try to be certain you were attributing a title to the *right* John Johnson if only the 2 or 3 word description of vocation were available?
Why does it have to be *only* the 2 or 3 word description? There are almost untold possibilities available today.
I didn’t mean to imply that dates weren’t useful, but wanted to compare using only the dates vs. using additional information. Using only the dates made perfect sense for a long, long time but those days are gone now. At some point, as I keep pointing out, we must begin to look seriously at the catalog record, the search results, and all of the catalog’s functions through the eyes of our patrons, and not just through our own eyes. While we understand how authority control works and the kind of information in each of the various records, most patrons couldn’t care less about any of it. They would rather forego any interaction with the catalog at all and go straight to examining the resources. Reference librarians experience this every day when they are asked, “Where are your books on business (or art, or law, or whatever)?”