Proposal to add the elements “curator agent of work” and “curator agent of work of” to RDA

NARDAC/2020/2 

August 17, 2020 

Proposal to add the elements “curator agent of work” and “curator agent of work of” to RDA.

Thomas Brenndorfer, NARDAC Representative to the RSC.

(Note: This will be a discussion of the proposal process; the RSC will consider the content of the proposal at a future meeting)

Add the element sets “curator agent of work” and “curator agent of work of” as narrower elements to “related work of agent” and “related agent of work” to describe curators who play a role at the work level.

A paper discussion at the October 2020 RDA Steering Committee (RSC) meeting.

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One Response to Proposal to add the elements “curator agent of work” and “curator agent of work of” to RDA

  1. Kathryn Lybarger says:

    While I don’t have strong feelings about how the curator agent elements are handled, I want to push back against the idea that the “organizer agent” is confined to making logistic arrangements, by providing an example of how we have used that relator term at my library:

    Our Science/Engineering Library collects geological society field trip guidebooks, and the main people credited on those guidebooks are the field trip organizers, for which we use the relator “organizer”. As far as I know, they are not being credited for logistics (like arranging for the bus and meals) but more in selecting the theme of the trip (often some geology of a specific era in a specific geographic area), identifying sites to visit, and compiling supporting material for context, including maps, histories, and other descriptions using their geology expertise. The person doing this work may not be identified as the author or editor of the guidebook itself, so this term has been a tidy way to relate them to the guidebook (and I assumed in line with the intended use).

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