The goal for the Technical Services Dept. at K-State Libraries is to establish policies, procedures and guidelines for the usage of series in the VOYAGER database.
Series: "a group of works published separately, usually in some sequence, having in addition to individual titles, a collective series title." Clack, Doris H. Authority Control. Chicago: American Library Association, 1990, p. 32.
Authority control is:
Decisions concerning tracing, analyzing or cataloging separately may be based on piece in hand and/or online research, including OCLC authority files.
AACR2r (and corresponding LCRIs)
Cheat Sheet For Documentation
Form of series heading is generally:
Chapter 1.6/AACR2 - Series Area Highlights
1.6A2 Sources of information: series title page, monograph title page, cover, rest of publication
1.6B Title proper of series
1.6G Numbering within series
1.6J More than 1 series
Series must be unique to distinguish them/to tie in all parts of the series. Qualify series by an authorized form, where applicable. (These are in no particular order-see 25.5B to determine which may be appropriate.) For example, qualify:
Tracing and practice will be based:
Searching is the most important step in series processing. You must determine whether your series is already present in the database; if not, you must know what other series are already in the database so your series will "fit" and not conflict with headings on authority and bibliographic records. -- from the Descriptive Cataloging Manual - Z1: Series Authority Records.
Verify that no authority record exists on Voyager
Strategies for searching for series on Voyager
Verify that no authority record exists on OCLC
Verify that you have chosen the correct series:
Examples: searching the authority file (Shift + F2)
NOTE: searching eur,se,, will NOT retrieve this series authority.
Can't find an authority record on OCLC?
|Local practice||LC Practice||Resolution|
|KSU collects||LC analyzes or cat seps||KSU will analyze|
|KSU analyzes||LC cat seps||KSU will analyze|
|KSU analyzes||LC collects||cataloger judgement: what is subject area? Consult with bibliographer if subject is questionable. Original cataloging considerations?|
|For certain subjects (Ag, Vet med) KSU leans toward analyzing||LC collects||KSU will analyze|
|KSU cat seps||LC collects||cataloger judgement: what is subject area? Consult with bibliographer if subject is questionable. Original cataloging considerations?|
|KSU cat seps||LC analyzes||cataloger judgement: in most instances, continue KSU practice to avoid split practice.|