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Mr. Mustache, another librarian blog

I am a reference librarian with experience in both the public and state government fields. I am doing this on a whim, sort of like the mustache I grew when I was 19 and still have in my 50's.

Location: New Jersey, United States

I am a state worker and a librarian.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Et al. Brutus

I occasionally do original cataloguing in my job and am aware that Marc 3 is dead and long live RDA. I have to admit, I have become very fond of ... et al.   It is a great convenience to use it to avoid listing all the authors of a work. Now to be au currant, I can no longer use Latin expressions. The apparent substitute is and (number) others. So the statement of responsibility is no longer Blatz, Kegger ... [et al.] but Blatz, Kegger and three others. The three others, forever standing in the wings, like Rosencrantz and Gildenstern awaiting their entrance.


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