Re: [RDA-L] Dagger symbol

Posting to RDA-L

On 9/12/2013 11:06 PM, Patricia Sayre-McCoy wrote:

Please explain why this is necessary to transcribe? At some point, every author will be dead so what’s the point of making note of it now? I really don’t see that this is vital information for the identification of the manifestation/expression.

Adding the information to an authority record that a person has died on approximately such and such a date could be useful for identifying/distinguishing the author, but I do not see it as practically useful for distinguishing manifestations/expressions. Such information is as useful/useless as adding all of the “alphabet soup”after the author’s name, Ph.D, M.Sc etc. If there is a variation in that alphabet soup, does it follow that there is variation in the actual text?

Probably not.