Thanks, Alan.

That covers exactly what I want to know.

I may not agree with the treatment in RDA (I didn't agree with it in AACR2, being based on a narrow view of editorial roles) but as long as I understand it and can explain it to students that's all that really concerns me.

Kindest and best


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On 24 Oct 2012, at 19:23, "Danskin, Alan" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

Dear all,

Here are my comments on this afternoon's discussion.  Thanks to you all for your readiness to grapple with some tricky examples.


A creator is responsible for the cretation of a work which is, "A distinct intelllectual or artistic creation"

The relationship designator "editor" cannot be used in relation to a work, as an "editor" contributes to an expression.  However, someone who is described as an editor in the SOR , may be deemed to be an author if the extent of their revision or adaptation is judged to result in the creation of  a new work.  This is a question of judgment and will depend on the evidence in the resource itself or obtained by comparing both resources.  Pragmatically we will consider new editions to be new expresssions rather than new works unless there. is compelling evidence to the contrary. See also

Editor of compilation
The relationship designator "editor of compilation "  also denotes a relationship to an expression, not a work.  This would be used for someone who has contributed to an aggregate work, such as anthology.

If the anthology consists of the works of a single person, family, or corporate body, that person would be the creator and the preferred title for  the work would  be either a conventional collective title  or an established title.  The authorised access point for the work, would be contructed from the name of the creator followed by the preferred title for the work -.,/

If the anthology includes  works of more than one person, family, or corporate body.  The "editor of the compilation" is recorded as a contributor (MARC 700)- the aggregate work is identifed by its title (130 or 245).

 The contents  of the anthology are  related works and can be fully analysed or recorded in MARC terms in contents note (505) or analytical authorised acccess point 700 _2))

A compiler is someone who creates a new work by putting together data or information tather than by aggregating existing works.