RDA in NACO
Module 5
Choosing and Recording the Preferred
Title for Series and Subseries
Choosing and Recording the Preferred Title for
Series and Subseries
A series as a resource is treated like any other work or
expression.
The instructions for choosing and recording the
preferred title for series are the same instructions for
other works & expressions, which are found in RDA
Chapter 6, Identifying Works and Expressions.
Choosing and Recording the Preferred Title for
Series and Subseries
RDA
The preferred title for the work
6.2.2.1
is the title or form of title chosen
as the basis for the authorized access point
representing that work.
Other attributes may be added to the preferred title to
formulate an authorized access point that will
distinguish the series.
Choosing and Recording the Preferred Title for
Series and Subseries
How do we go about choosing the preferred title for
series and subseries?
Choosing the Preferred Title
Instructions here are divided into 2 parts:
Works Created after 1500
Works Created before 1501
RDA
6.2.2.3
Choosing and Recording the Preferred Title for
Series and Subseries
General Guidelines on Choosing the Preferred Title,
Works Created After 1500
Generally, for works created after
1500, choose the title:
RDA
6.2.2.4
• In the original language
• By which the work has become known
• Found in resources embodying the work
– See preferred order of sources of information in 2.12.2.2
• or the form found in reference sources
Choosing and Recording the Preferred Title for
Series and Subseries
Sources of Information
General Guidelines on Choosing the Preferred Title,
Works Created After 1500
RDA 6.2.2.4, continued &
LCPS
Language form:
For works published simultaneously in different
languages, choose title on first resource received
For one work issued in multiple languages, choose the
title proper named first on the preferred source of
information
Choosing and Recording the Preferred Title for
Series and Subseries
RDA 6.2.2.5
Sources of Information
General Guidelines on Choosing the Preferred Title,
Works Created Before 1501
Generally, for works before 1501, choose the title:
• In the original language
• By which the work is identified in modern reference sources,
or, if this is inconclusive
• Choose the title most frequently found in:
1. Modern editions
2. Early editions
3. Manuscript copies
Choosing and Recording the Preferred Title for
Series and Subseries
Recording the Preferred Title
RDA 6.2.2.8,
6.2.1.4, 6.2.1.5
• Apply instructions on capitalization given in Appendix
A
• Record numbers expressed as numerals or as words
in the form in which they appear on the source
– These instructions relate to numbering as part of the
preferred title, not numbering that is part of the
enumeration of the series
– When enumeration is integrated with the series title on
the piece, it will be dropped to form the preferred title
(LCRI 6.27)
Choosing and Recording the Preferred Title for
Series and Subseries
Recording the Preferred Title
RDA 6.2.1.7 & LCPS
LCPS 6.2.2.8
• Omit initial articles unless the title is to be accessed under
that article
• And correct any inaccuracies when creating the Authorized
Access Point in a series authority record
– See RDA 2.20.2.4 for instructions on representing inaccuracies in the
analytic record
Choosing and Recording the Preferred Title for
Series and Subseries
Recording the Preferred Title
RDA 6.2.1.8 - 9 &
LCPS
• Do not leave spaces between full stops and initials following
them. Record letters or initials without full stops between
them as they appear on the piece (6.2.1.8 & LCPS 1.7.1 for
further information)
• Use only abbreviations that are either:
– Integral parts of the title
– Etc. in titles Laws, etc. and Treaties, etc.
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