Revision Proposal for RDA Instructions for Laws Governing More than One Jurisdiction (6.29.1.3)

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April 29, 2016

Revision Proposal for RDA Instructions for Laws Governing More than One Jurisdiction (6.29.1.3)

 

Submitted by: Robert Bratton, representative, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)

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5 Responses to Revision Proposal for RDA Instructions for Laws Governing More than One Jurisdiction (6.29.1.3)

  1. Larisa Walsh says:

    Suggested dual approach makes sense. I support this proposal.

  2. Dominique Bourassa says:

    On behalf of Robert Rendall, Principal Serials Cataloger, Columbia University Libraries

    Constructing the AAP for laws using the jurisdiction governed instead of the real creator (the enacting jurisdiction) is a legacy practice that works well enough in our catalogs most of the time but doesn’t fit into RDA very comfortably. The difficulties presented by these unusual cases illustrate that.

    I think Options 1 and 2 are dismissed too quickly in this proposal and might warrant further consideration. Treating a jurisdiction governed like a real “creator” when it suits us but not when it doesn’t (as in Options 3 and 4) introduces even more inconsistency into what we’re doing.

  3. Robert Bratton says:

    Robert Rendall raises valid points. We were trying not to make the proposal too wordy. I have some language from an earlier draft that went over the options in more detail. I think this should address his concerns and illustrate how these different approaches would look in practice.
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    In the following section listing four options, we will use the title of the Spanish law in English for clarity, even though it isn’t the preferred title. In the section with the proposed new text for RDA, we use the actual preferred title of the law.

    Option 1. Construct the AAP using the first jurisdiction governed mentioned in the text.
    Example:
    Cuba. Mortgage Law for the Overseas Provinces.
    Anjou (France). Le coustumier d’Aniou et du Maine.

    Option 2. Construct multiple AAPs for each jurisdiction governed by the law.
    Example:
    Cuba. Mortgage Law for the Overseas Provinces.
    Puerto Rico. Mortgage Law for the Overseas Provinces.
    Philippines. Mortgage Law for the Overseas Provinces.
    Anjou (France). Le coustumier d’Aniou et du Maine.
    Maine (France). Le coustumier d’Aniou et du Maine.

    Option 3. Construct the AAP using only the preferred title of the law.
    Example:
    Mortgage Law for the Overseas Provinces.
    Le coustumier d’Aniou et du Maine.

    Option 4. Construct the AAP using the enacting jurisdiction and the preferred title of the law.
    Example:
    Spain. Mortgage Law for the Overseas Provinces.
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  4. Robert Bratton says:

    I realize that this proposal would introduce exceptional practices for AAPs for these kinds of laws. However, these kinds of laws are themselves exceptional! I should also point out, that they are pretty rare, so it was difficult to find real world examples. Someone did ask a question about them a month or two ago on one of the law cataloging lists, so we are still encountering these rare birds in the bibliographical wilderness.

    • Tina Shrader says:

      Since these are rare cases, I think it’s appropriate to carve out an exception to the general approach to deal with them. I’m not a law cataloger, but I think I follow the reasoning of the proposal, and it makes sense to me.

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