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From: Kathy Rippel <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Citations Re: I hope its ok if I ask you some
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 02:34:07 -0500
From a slightly different perspective--
In my library professional life I both catalog materials and secure
interlibrary loan items for library customers. As a reference
librarian and in doing my own genealogy, I must also work with citations.
One of the principles that I "preach" when serving as a consultant to
my 55 libraries is that we need to stay consistent, no matter what
decisions have been made. This is what proper cataloging is all
about. As a cataloger, I pay attention to many details that the
average person never worries about. ("Hmmm, is that book 20 cm. or 18
cm. tall?;-) )
But when it comes to "proper citations" I use think the minimum
acceptable citation is one that would make interlibrary loan
librarians everywhere happy. That principle is: can the interlibrary
loan librarian find this item as cited?
When it comes to genealogical materials, I receive badly garbled
citations on probably AT LEAST half the requests I work on. Thank
goodness I am a genealogist and can usually figure out what is
actually needed. But many ILL librarians around the world are NOT
genealogists and have to use standard verification resources. A
butchered or incomplete citation will then lead to a "not available"
note many times.
I try to follow Evidence (haven't started using my EE yet) for my own
citations. But if being too exact is stressful, try using Kathy's
rule of thumb--"would the interlibrary loan librarian be able to
request this item based on this citation?"
Make a librarian happy!
Kathleen Reid Rippel, M.L.S.
Great Bend, KS
Member: Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), 2005-2007
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