RDA-L Re: RE: Re.

Posting to RDA-L

On 12/12/2014 6:58 PM, J. McRee Elrod wrote:

F or me, our decisions should be based on patron service, at least as much as rule exegesis. It is certainly in patrons’ best interest that all items in a series have the series title and numbers, even if not within one or more items in the series. Omitting this data due to a lacuna in RDA is simply not acceptable.

Patron service should be paramount, even if it requires anticipating a needed RDA or PS change. Rules should never be an excuse to omit helpful data.

I agree with this of course, but when adding series information (or any other information) from an obscure source, whether it is buried inside the item, or perhaps from a series listing in completely different item, or somewhere on the web, please remember your hard-working cataloger colleagues–who are looking at your records more closely than anyone else–and put a note stating where you found that information.

They will thank you silently. Otherwise, they can waste inordinate amounts of time trying to find the information that has dropped from nowhere, and may wind up thinking they have something else, and turn a simple record into a problem.