Re: [ACAT] Meaningless additions to record

Posting to Autocat

On 09/09/2013 23.09, Daniel CannCasciato wrote:

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I like the note fields that include:
Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; . . .
Glossary; A; B; C; D; E; . . .

here’s an entire one:
Encyclopedia of Municipal Bonds: A Reference Guide to Market Events, Structures, Dynamics, and Investment Knowledge; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z; About the Author
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There are other cataloging structures where each volume gets an individual record, so I have seen bibliographic records with title “A” (title of component part). Here is an example in the DNB http://d-nb.info/360196748 which has two components, one name “1” and the other named “2”. I want to try to imagine where this information could be useful.

For instance, if this were an electronic document, these could be transformed into extremely valuable links. As an example, we now have the volumes of LCSH that have been so thoughtfully placed online in pdf
form.http://www.loc.gov/aba/publications/FreeLCSH/freelcsh.html#Individual.
If somebody were to catalog these, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to go directly into each part of the alphabet, or even into more specific parts of the alphabet? e.g. to be able to go directly (more or less) to
“United States–History”, so that at least people can see that “Queen Ann’s War, 1702-1713” and the “War of 1812” come before “Civil War,1861-1865” www.loc.gov/aba/publications/FreeLCSH/U.pdf#page=36, which is not the case in our OPACs because of mindless alphabetical arrangement.

Nor is it much better in id.loc.gov, which gives the headings under “United States–History” in an order I cannot fathom: http://id.loc.gov/search/?q=united+states+history&q=cs%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fid.loc.gov%2Fauthorities%2Fsubjects

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