RDA-L No definition for “compilation” in the glossary?

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On 17/11/2015 17.09, Heidrun Wiesenmüller wrote:

Yesterday, a colleague asked me why there is no definition for “Zusammenstellung” – the German equivalent for “compilation (of works)” – in the glossary of the German RDA translation.

I checked and was amazed to find that there is no definition for the English term, either. Have I missed something? Or is the term assumed to be self-explanatory?

I remember a presentation of the British Library, where it was said that “compilation” was one of the terms most often searched for in the Toolkit. It’s also considered a difficult concept by many of my German colleagues (especially as it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish a compilation from a work for which several creators are jointly responsible).

So, I think it would be good to have an entry for it in the glossary.

Interesting. I looked up in AACR2 and did not find “compilation,” but I found “compiler” which is defined as:
“1. One who produces a collection by selecting and putting together matter from the works of various persons or bodies.
2. One who selects and puts together in one publication matter from the works of one person or body.
See also: Editor”

So, it may be inferred that a compilation and a collection are the same thing. This would make sense since I looked up “compilation” and “collection” in dictionaries and found no distinction. Also, I would be hard-pressed to distinguish the two.

So, this actually reveals a peculiarity of English in that there is a word “compiler” but no comparable word for “the person who makes a collection” i.e. there is no word “collectioner” or “collectionist”. I don’t know why.

The definition of “collection” is:
“1) three or more independent works or parts of works by one author published together
2) two or more independent works or parts of works by more than one author published together and not written for the same occasion or for the publication in hand”

In the LC Rule Interpretations, collection is even more technical:
“If one main entry heading would be appropriate: three or more independent works or parts of works published together. If more than one main entry heading would be appropriate: two or more independent works published together and not written for the same occasion or for the publication being cataloged.”
https://sites.google.com/site/opencatalogingrules/appendix-d

I don’t know if any of this has changed with RDA.

So, it would seem to me that there is no need to make a definition of “compilation” but a cross-reference
Compilation
See: Collection

would be in order.

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