s Thoughts from the Physics Chick: Cat. & Reference: Me, Myself, and I

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Cat. & Reference: Me, Myself, and I

This morning I was fixing up the record for a play called "Jesse and Grace: A Best Friends Story." According to the title page, the play was written by "Sandra Fenichel Asher, based on the poetry of Sandy Asher and David L. Harrison."

Only the first named person was listed in the record I was working on, so I needed to add the last two names to the record. I was also curious to figure out how "Sandy Asher" was related to "Sandra Fenichel Asher." (Maybe a mother and daughter, given the similarity of names?)

I did an authority file search on "Sandy Asher" only to discover that . . . they're the same person. (If you search "Sandra Fenichel Asher," you get a cross reference to "Sandy Asher" as the authorized form of the name.)

Just to be clear, it's not at all unusual for the authorized form of a name to be different from the form that appears on the title page. And it's not unheard of for a person to be listed more than once on a title page if they contributed to the creation of a work in multiple different ways. What is weird is for someone to show up in a statement of responsibility under two different forms of their name. It would be like saying a book was written by Robert Fahrvehrgn├╝gen and illustrated by Bobby Fahrvergn├╝gen. That's just weird.


At August 04, 2010 10:56 PM, Anonymous Th. said...


This post offends me.

At August 05, 2010 8:04 AM, Blogger Katya said...

Because it's the kind of thing you'd do?


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