I second Mike's assertion that if there isn't a series statement on
the item, it's not appropriate to make one up. Michael/Jeanne, a
couple of your examples appear to have had explicit series statements
(Cam Jansen, Marvin Redpost). I think Mercy Watson was a stretch, and
I probably wouldn't have considered it a series statement just because
"Mercy Watson" was typographically bigger in "Mercy Watson fights
crime." In that and similar cases where there was numbering though, I
would really try hard to find justification for a series. I would use
LCRI 1.6A2 to look on the dust jacket even and use that. I did this
locally the other day with the Mallory books by Laurie Friedman. They
all have "Mallory" in the title, but it's not always the first word.
The book I had listed something like 15 previous titles on the back
cover (numbered), but I couldn't find any series statement. However,
the jacket had something like "Laurie Friedman has written the Mallory
series ..." So I used 490 Mallory. Mike or someone else, is this
doable under PCC guidelines? I think it follows the LCRI.
Regarding "Theodosia and ..." I don't think that's any different from
Harry Potter. I looked at our copies, and there's nothing resembling a
series statement anywhere. The first one has "Book 1" on the spine so
that would be in a quoted note. The others don't even have numbering
I hope that helps.
On Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 4:25 PM, Christian-Budd, Michael
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> We locally discourage creating series authority records for character name phrases such as (not actual examples) "a Cam Jansen mystery," "a Flat Stanley book," etc., preferring to treat them as other title information or notes--UNLESS there is numbering present (e.g. "Agent Amelia #1") or a plural noun phrase conveying the idea of series (e.g. "the Jenna Fox chronicles").
> Regarding the "Theodosia ... " examples, if there isn't an explicit, separate statement that "looks like" a series appearing elsewhere in the item (not, however, in CIP), it's really not appropriate to transcribe it as a series. †Session 2, slide 21 in the PCC series training manual spells this out, saying "Donít: -- make up a series title; -- repeat some of the words from 245 in 4XX; -- give a 5XX note" for volume titles beginning with the same words.
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