> -----Original Message-----
> From: Resource Description and Access / Resource Description and Access
> [mailto:RDA-L@LISTSERV.LAC-BAC.GC.CA] On Behalf Of J. McRee Elrod
> Sent: December-17-13 4:46 PM
> Subject: Re: [RDA-L] Collective cities
> Heidrun quoted RDA:
> >It seems RDA calls this a "conventional collective title". The glossary
> >gives as the definition: "A title used as the preferred title for a
> >compilation containing two or more works by one person, family, or
> >corporate body, or two or more parts of a work (e.g., Works, Poems,
> >Selections)".
> Confusing.
> IMNSO "preferred title" should always be the title on the item in hand or on
> screen, if there is one.  It should be in 245.  With the exception of a 
> collection
> lacking a collective title, something created by the cataloguer is not a good
> substitute.
> For a work with varying manifestation titles, of course one would use the
> most used title of the work in 600$t and 700$t, e.g., "Hamlet" not "Tragedy of
> Hamlet".
> If supplying a collective title for 245, it should be exact, e.g., "Two 
> Victorian
> novels" not "Works. Novels."; 'Love poems" not "Works.
> Poems.".
> Using "preferred title" to mean either transcribed title or supplied uniform
> title is ambiguous.

"Preferred title for the work" is the full name of the element, and it refers 
only to the work.

The preferred title often involves a choice among possible titles or a 
conventional collective title for the work. There is only one preferred title 
for the work, even though the manifestations embodying the work may be 
identified by different titles proper. The preferred title is what is found in 
authorized access points for the work.

The "title proper" is the title found in 245$a. A "devised title" may be 
recorded here as the title proper, if there is no title on the manifestation. 
Whatever the case, the "title proper" refers only to the manifestation in hand, 
and it may not be the same in the end as the preferred title for the work.

While there may be a challenge in choosing the appropriate titles for each 
category, the categories themselves aren't that complicated.

Title elements for the manifestation (considering only identifiers for the 
physical resource in hand):

Title proper (includes "devised title")
Variant title (as transcribed from the cover, spine, etc.)

Title elements for the work (considering the content and identifying it for all 
manifestations of the content):

Preferred title for the work (includes "conventional collective title")
Variant title for the work (as found in SEE references)

Thomas Brenndorfer
Guelph Public Library

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