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probably only funny to librarians/catalogers.... [Aug. 26th, 2004|05:35 pm]
Just me.

or, the importance of authority control.

I breathlessly await similar phat sounds from IEEE and ASTM ...

Illmatic [compact disc] / National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
CDP NAS I N84 copy:1 ID:C021031032

Leader :jmIa n key :ocm30489978
Fixed field data :s d f z n g n n e
Fixed field data :940909s1994 nyurcn eng d
ISBN :$11.89
Issue # :CK 57684 Columbia
Local system # :(Sirsi) 0346799
Cataloging source :OCO OCO
Local holdings :MAIN, SWAN
Local call number :CDP NAS I N84
Corporate Author :National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
Title :Illmatic [compact disc] / Nas.
Publication info :New York, NY : Columbia, p1994.
Physical descrip :1 sound disc : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note :Compact disc.
Contents :The Genesis -- N.Y. State of mind -- Life's a
bitch -- The world is yours -- Halftime -- Memory lane
(Sittin' in da park) -- One love -- One time 4 your mind --
Represent -- It ain't hard to tell.
Performer :Nas.
Date/place captured :Recorded at Chung King Studios, NYC.
Subject term :Rock music--1991- 2000.
Subject term :Rap

[User Picture]From: colvincd
2004-08-26 02:48 pm (UTC)
I get it!

Sort of.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2004-08-26 03:51 pm (UTC)

explaining the funny away:

"authority control" is the cataloging concept that keeps you from having 5 books by "Doctor seuss", 11 books by "Seuss, Dr.", 2 by "theodore Geisel" and 29 by "Dr. Seuss". There are all kind of boring pedantic rules about how you choose which of the above is the "right" one.

Likewise, a good library catalog will know that when you type "GRE" you mean "Graduate Record Examination" but will not automatically assume that the words "act" and "sat" always refer to tests. Acronyms are tricky, since for every IEEE or LL Cool J or RIAA, there's a rapper/organization called NAS or Nas. A good cataloger would have known that while the GRE is always* the Graduate Record Examination, "NAS" could be the National Academy of Science or the National Association of Scholars (or, say, a rapper), and neither of the first two are likely to put forth the official position that "Life's a bitch" or title a publication "Illmatic".

Thus, this is a BAD example of authority control.

see, librarianship is EXCITING! Drink the Kool-aid and join us!

* unless there's a rapper called "Dr. Gre" or something that I don't know about yet.
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[User Picture]From: colvincd
2004-08-26 04:37 pm (UTC)

Re: explaining the funny away:

I am going to eventually (at least, that's the plan).

It's looks like I'm going to be on the search committee for my college's new Head Librarian. I'm already getting worked into the system, methinks.
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[User Picture]From: redrider
2004-08-26 02:53 pm (UTC)
Finally, my cataloging class pays off!

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[User Picture]From: petdance
2004-08-26 03:37 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, authority records!

For those who don't get it, the CD is by Nas, and somewhere along the line, some system assumed that "Nas" meant "National Academy Of Scien ces".
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-08-26 03:40 pm (UTC)

somewhere I have...

...other examples, e.g. from the early days of Madonna's popularity.
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