[Classweb-users] PR5108.A5-Z vs. PR5109

Weiss, Paul pwei at loc.gov
Mon May 17 12:48:51 EDT 2010

PR5109 should be used for criticism.  We will make adjustments to the captions to make this clear.

Paul Weiss
Library of Congress
Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate
Policy and Standards Division

-----Original Message-----
From: Casey A Mullin [mailto:cmullin at stanford.edu] 
Sent: Friday, May 14, 2010 6:21 PM
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Subject: [Classweb-users] PR5108.A5-Z vs. PR5109


There appears to be an ambiguous overlap between these two numbers. 
Compare the captions:

PR5108.A5-Z   English literature--19th century, 
1770/1800-1890/1900--Individual authors--Newman, John Henry, Cardinal--Biography, criticism, etc.--General works
PR5109            English literature--19th century, 
1770/1800-1890/1900--Individual authors--Newman, John Henry, Cardinal--Criticism

I have a work of pure criticism, and I'm having a hard time seeing the difference between these numbers. To complicate matters, Newman is also established as a printed cutter under BX4705.N5. It seems that biographies are being classed there. PR5108.A5-Z has not been used by LC for a critical work, whereas PR5109 has, so I'm opting for the latter. 
But should this ambiguity be corrected in the schedule?


Casey A. Mullin
Discovery Metadata Librarian
Metadata Development Unit
Stanford University Libraries
cmullin at stanford.edu


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