Name headings for government-designated parks, forests, etc.

Library and Archives Canada revised its cataloguing policy and practice regarding name headings for government-designated parks, forests, etc. to align with the Library of Congress practice.

Headings for government-designated parks, forests, etc. are often about work in these areas. Occasionally headings are needed for work done by administrative entities that bear the same name and that manage or oversee the park, forest, etc.

Government-designated parks and forests can now be represented by two headings:

  • a subject heading designating the physical, geographic entity, usually with a geographic qualifier; and
  • a name heading designating the corporate, administrative entity with the qualifier (Agency).

Works issued by a park will have the name added-entry for the park:

710 2# $aFundy National Park (Agency: Canada)

 

Works about the physical features of the park as a geographical entity will have the subject heading written according to the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition (AACR2) chapter 23.

651 2# $aFundy National Park (N.B.)

 

Works about the administrative entity operating the park will have the name heading written according to AACR2 chapter 24.

610 2# $aFundy National Park (Agency : Canada)

 

Existing headings and authority records in the name index will be written according to AACR2 chapter 23 and will be revised on an as-encountered basis to add the qualifier and the name of the responsible government if necessary according to Anglo-American Cataloguing Rule Interpretations 24.4C1 no.4.

For further information, contact:

Resource Description Division, Services Branch
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4
CANADA
Fax: 819-934-4388
Email: BAC.Normesdecatalogage-Cataloguingstandards.LAC@canada.ca

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