Series Authority Control at Oregon State University after the Library of Congress's Series Policy Change

TitleSeries Authority Control at Oregon State University after the Library of Congress's Series Policy Change
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSapon-White, RE
JournalLibrary Resources & Technical Services
Date Publishedapr
Type of ArticleArticle
KeywordsLibrary of Congress, {AMERICAN} Library Association, {CATALOGING}, {LIBRARIES}, {LIBRARY} catalog management, {LIBRARY} catalogs, {LIBRARY} of Congress, {LIBRARY} science, {LITERATURE} reviews, {NAME} authority records (Information retrieval), {OREGON} State University. Libraries, {PUBLICATIONS}, {SUBJECT} headings, {UNITED} States
AbstractThe Library of Congress ({LC)} decided to suspend creating series authority records on May 1, 2006 and to transcribe all future series statements as untraced. To evaluate the effect on cataloging workload at Oregon State University ({OSU)} Libraries, bibliographic records were examined for untraced series statements from June 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007. Series titles were then searched in the Library of Congress Name Authority File ({LCNAF)} and corrected to match the authority record, if necessary. Series titles not found in the {LCNAF} were evaluated according to current cataloging rules and corrected of necessary. Of the 53,911 records added to {OSU} Libraries' catalog during the study, 977(2 percent) had an untraced series statement. Only 60 (6 percent) of the 977 were records created by the {LC} after the 2006 decision. The majority of records (64 percent) with untraced series statements were records created by the Government Printing Office. Many untraced series were also found in records for materials with publication dates before 2000, most resulting from a serials retrospective conversion project. The data suggest that the {LC's} policy change has not created a large cataloging burden and, with relatively little effort, {OSU} Libraries catalogers are able to continue to provide users with authorized series title access. [{ABSTRACT} {FROM} {AUTHOR]} Copyright of Library Resources & Technical Services is the property of American Library Association and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)