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CATALOGING RULES AND SPECIAL CASES

AACR2 and automation have bestowed fame and infamy upon the series entry. A reverse “domino effect” has elevated the series entry from a minor bit player on the fringes to a major player in center stage. (Whether the new role is right and just is another question.) The first domino to pop up was machine processing of bibliographic records. The second domino was AACR2, created to promote the standardization which machines demand. The third domino was the Library of Congress’ interpretations of AACR2. The fourth domino was the Library of Con­ gress’ guidelines thrown to the serials catalogers and series authority creators awash in a sea of uncertainty.