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unhelpful display in Sierra
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3/19/2014 at 8:32:23 PM GMT
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unhelpful display in Sierra
Are any others bothered by this? The screenshot below is of an author search. There are two lines in the result set. The second one is nothing but a cross-reference from the authority record that is one of the two included in the first line.

When I see a display like this, my immediate thought is that there is a heading that needs maintenance. Only when I open the record do I see that this is a cross-reference, not an incorrect heading.

How could this display be fixed so that it is evident from the list that the second item is a cross-reference?

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Last edited Wednesday, March 19, 2014
3/21/2014 at 3:07:00 PM GMT
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Couldn't you just delete the second form of the name from your authority record? This is one of those see references that seem to me to be of no practical use to the end user.


Last edited Friday, March 21, 2014
3/21/2014 at 3:14:48 PM GMT
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That would fix this particular instance, but we probably have many thousands of these in our catalog. Also, Automated Authority Control (which we have) makes use of these references, so deleting them would create work in all future maintenance.

I was hoping for a system-generated solution. Maybe something like SEE for a single entry, a label, such as "SEE references" for a group of entries.


3/25/2014 at 3:06:17 PM GMT
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We don't have Sierra yet, but in Millennium you can control this using the AUTHMSG Web option. Here's an example in our catalog. Is this the kind of thing you mean?

http://library.msmnyc.edu/search/a?SEARCH=spohr+l



3/25/2014 at 3:17:26 PM GMT
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Yes, something like that would work. Our Web catalog does this, except that the list isn't nearly so compact, but Sierra doesn't. I'll ask our III administrator if that setting has any effect in Sierra.


3/25/2014 at 4:59:09 PM GMT
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Our III administrator said that the AUTHMSG Web option only controls the Web catalog and has no effect on either Sierra or Millennium.

This discussion had a fortunate side-effect. Our Web catalog doesn't display See references, but if you are logged in as staff, it does display them. This difference shouldn't exist. The III guy is looking into the issue as I type.


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