CONTROL ISSUES Editing Recon Records: When Is Enough, Enough? A Selective Review
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The need for applying certain standards for the acceptability of data in derived records has never been seriously challenged. But a consensus does not exist on such issues as: how much uniformity should a standard impose; what special requirements should be expected for materials such as serials; and, what cataloguing code should prevail when dealing with pre-AACR2 records. This paper surveys the literature to illustrate the approaches being advocated by theorists and practitioners. As well, the paper surveys the literature for discussions of recon costs, since the labour, machine, and support tool overhead involved in maintaining a standard will undoubtedly affect a library's adherence to such standards.