Russian printing to 1917 : [a catalogue of an exhibition in the University Library, Cambridge, 22 April to 29 June 1974]. (OCLC #2137460)

In standards prior to RDA, the publisher could be recorded in the shortest recognizable form. In the record for this piece (entered into OCLC in 1976), the creator and the publisher were recognized to be the same body, so the publisher was recorded very briefly as “The Library”, as it could be recognized from earlier on the card:

110 2_ ǂa Cambridge University Library.
245 10 ǂa Russian printing to 1917 : ǂb [a catalogue of
    an exhibition in the University Library, Cambridge,
    22 April to 29 June 1974].
260  [Cambridge] : ǂb [The Library], ǂc 1974.

Creators of this standard had no idea that this data would eventually all be uncoupled and the publisher separately indexed in a way that would make all similar “The Library”’s the same. A search for this publisher (or at least, a publisher described in this brief way) in my own catalog produced many different libraries, including the National Library of Singapore, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the Charles C. Miller Memorial Apicultural Library.


Blue ridge fire towers / Robert Sorrell. (OCLC #904037097)

RDA on Recording publicaton statements says to “transcribe places of publication and publishers’ names as they appear on the source of information”, which includes any initial articles, as in:

264 _1 ǂa [Charleston, SC] : ǂb The History Press, ǂc 2015.

La dama del Pleistoceno : muerte en Rancho La Brea / Rubén Benítez. (OCLC #904552759)

This book is not marked with any publication information, only the date and location of manufacture. The page for this title gives the Publisher’s Name as “CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform”, so I recorded this in the publication statement:

264 _1 ǂa [United States?] : ǂb [CreateSpace Independent
    Publishing Platform], ǂc [2015]

Since I found the information outside of the resource itself, I surrounded it with square brackets, as described in RDA 2.2.4.


The future is now : the significance of precognition, by Arthur W. Osborn. (OCLC #492222)

RDA on Recording Publication Statements says to transcribe places of publication and publishers’ names as they appear on the source of information. For this title, the Publisher’s Name would be recorded as “Theosophical Publishing House”. Under AACR2 (1.4D) the publisher would be recorded in the shortest form in which it can be understood and identified internationally, which in this case (depending on cataloger’s judgment) could be:

Theosophical Publishing House

Theosophical Pub. House

Theosophical Pub.



Practical applications of agricultural system models to optimize the use of limited water / Lajpat R. Ahuja, Liwang Ma, and Robert J. Lascano, editors. (OCLC #898368212)

RDA on resources having more than one publisher says to record the publishers’ names in the order indicated by the sequence, layout, or typography of the names on the source of information, though the main rule indicates that in that case, only the first publisher is core.

For this resource, I decided to record all three :

264 _1 ǂa Madison, WI : ǂb American Society of Agronomy :
    ǂb Crop Science Society of America :
    ǂb Soil Science Society of America, ǂc [2014]

Light everywhere : selected poems / Cees Nooteboom ; translated by David Colmer. (OCLC #859583862)

The title page has a Seagull books logo, and its verso lists two “publishing” roles:

  • Typeset by Seagull Books, Calcutta, India
  • Printed and bound by Maple Press, York, Pennsylvania, USA

I would have chosen Seagull books as the publisher (considering Maple Press to be more of a manufacturer) but the copy in OCLC says Maple Press. Variation in choice of publisher does not justify a new record, so I put our holdings on this record. I’d feel weird changing the record when it already has holdings, or having our local record not match on a major element (such things can cause problems when doing a reclamation) so I left the record as it is.