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").
We base this decision on precedent in the LC catalog, as well as loose interpretation of such policies as LCRI 1.6 "Series or Phrases." LC's historical preference, though not stated explicitly, seemed to be to use such unnumbered phrases as the basis for " ... (Fictitious character) $v Fiction." subject headings rather than series entries.
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 "Don’t: -- 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.
The PCC manual asserts that 89% of SARs encountered are for monographic series, 7.6% for multipart items. For public libraries with lots of fiction (i.e. multipart item) series, this certainly isn't the case. The issues particular to fiction materials are not addressed in documentation fully enough, so they confuse many PCC participants, I think.
Cataloger, Cataloging Services Department
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Cincinnati, Ohio (513) 665-3304
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