Designing TWA : Eero Saarinen’s airport terminal in New York / Kornel Ringli ; translation: David Koralek. (OCLC #925439994)

The record for this title provided two options for classification in one call number field:

    050 00 ǂa NA6303.N5 ǂb R56 2015 ǂa NA737.S28

The inclusion of both in one field led to a strangely printed call number label for the volume!

The options are:

  • NA6303.N5 – Architecture of airport buildings and terminals in New York, New York
  • NA737.S28 – Architecture of Eero Saarinen

either of which would be appropriate, depending on the library’s collection. Our Design Library has a substantial collection of books about this architect’s work, so I chose to class the book there with the call number:

    NA737.S28 R56 2015

In the shadows of the Tetons / Ward + Blake Architects ; foreword by David J. Buege and Marlon Blackwell ; original project text by Anne Parsons. (OCLC #881300202)

Cataloger’s judgment seems to vary quite a bit when it comes to architecture books – who is the creator: the architect? the writer of the text? the photographer? Is the architect’s name after the title proper actually a subtitle, or a statement of responsibility?

Opinions vary in the three records for this title (I have already requested a merge), but I settled on recording the architect as the creator (with relationship designator “architect”) and that phrase to be a statement of responsibility.


Gert Boon / Hans Ibelings. (OCLC #861955106)

This book about “one of the Netherlands’ ‘least known’ famous architects” had only a brief CIP record in OCLC, and even that had the distributor listed as the publisher. An over-narrow search could have missed that one! Now it’s upgraded to a full RDA record.

Another tricky bit on these architecture books is remembering to use the appropriate artist table (e.g. N6) when assigning an LC call number to reproductions/collections of an architect’s work.