sodgers at tassie.net.au
Tue Apr 29 11:32:58 EDT 2003
Fascinating. Obviously, our library system uses a different idea.
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From: HSchinske at aol.com
To: dwj at suberic.net
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 1:28 AM
Subject: Re: Wynne Jones
In a message dated 4/29/03 5:56:59 AM Central Daylight Time, Sally Odgers writes:
Picture books are often (usually) shelved by illustrator, not author. Some
authors find this peculiar, since the text exists before the illustrations.
NOT according to the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules they aren't! The illustrator is never the "point of entry," even if the work is anonymous (if there's no known author, it goes under title). Bookstores, of course, may do as they like, and of course there may be a different cataloguing code in Australian libraries, I don't know, but in the US and UK, it's strictly author/title and text-based. This sometimes results in odd things such as a completely wordless version of a traditional story being put under the title, despite the fact that almost every detail is the illustrator's conception, while a slightly altered *word* version of a traditional tale, even if not nearly as original, will often go under the alterer's name.
Jill Paton Walsh is always getting put in the wrong place. She is Paton Walsh, Jill.
The Library of Congress Name Authority File is a good place to check which way a possibly double-barreled name goes. http://authorities.loc.gov
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