Los Angeles residential architecture : modernism meets eclecticism / Ruth Wallach. (OCLC #913768383)

In MARC, we indicate the number of non-filing characters in the title using 245’s second indicator. For example, The cardturner would have 245 second indicator 4 to indicate that four characters should be skipped (The word ‘the’ and the space following it) and file it starting with the “c”, rather than sorting all of the “The…” titles together. Articles in other languages are also skipped.

This indicator seems like a value that could be easily detected/automated if the system knew which words were articles in various languages, which may be why it doesn’t appear in many newer cataloging frameworks. I worry that some would be detected incorrectly, such as in this title:

245 10 ǂa Los Angeles residential architecture : ǂb modernism
    meets eclecticism / ǂc Ruth Wallach.

Though “Los” is an article in Spanish, “Los Angeles” in this case is a single proper noun, so the word should not be skipped. (This particular case could be handled by also detecting the language, but a Spanish-language book about Los Angeles would have the same problem.)

I like Wikipedia’s method of handling this, which is to have a sort key (if it’s different from the main title) as a separate field:

{{DEFAULTSORT:Cardturner, The}}

National Palace Museum of Korea : Gyeongbokgung, National Museum / Lambert M. Surhone, Mariam T. Tennoe, Susan F. Henssonow (Ed.). (OCLC #862364048)

A while back, this and one other compilation of Wikipedia articles came through our gifts process. As this is material that is freely available online, I asked the selector to confirm that she’d like them added to the collection; today I heard back that she did want them added, so they are now cataloged. I was able to find good copy for both with at least a few holdings, so some other libraries are adding these to their print collections as well.


National Folk Museum of Korea : South Korrea, Jongno-gu / Lambert M. Surhone, Mariam T. Tennoe, Susan F. Henssonow (Ed.). (OCLC #833181266)

This book is a collection of about 70 Wikipedia articles, starting with National Folk Museum of Korea and including some articles it links to (and some that are maybe further down the tree). I don’t know where the cover photo came from.

As the articles have since been edited/improved and are still freely available online, I have asked the selector to confirm that she’d like this added to our print collection.

I admit that I looked for my name in the lists of Article Sources and Contributors, hoping I’d touched one of the articles in my wiki gnome activities, but no luck.