AACR2 Amendments 2005

To: YUL Catalogers
From: Steven Arakawa (for Joan Swanekamp)
Date: (8/23/2005 creation date/ 08/21/2006 9:51 AM revision date)

POSTED TO YULCAT 8/2/05. Note that the relevant LCRIs are not yet available on Cataloger's Desktop. In the original posting, the last paragraph of the LCRI for A.2A was stated to apply to headings affected by the revised A.2A1. In fact, the RI applies only to LC practice for "little words" in English-language corporate names. Also, the dr.koop.com, Inc. example in the original posting left out the ", Inc." although use of "Inc." in the name seems questionable.

On  Aug. 1, Issue 3 of the Cataloger's Desktop (Web version) was made available. The update includes the 2005 AACR2 amendments.  As previously announced, LC begins implementation of the revisions starting Aug. 1.


Revision of 2.5C3 (colored illustrations in books):
"Describe coloured illustrations as such if considered to be important ."

I infer that you will begin to see records where "col. ill." or "ill. (some col.)" will not appear in LC or member library records even when there are in fact color illustrations in the item. There is no attached RI, so LC will leave to cataloger judgment.  Note also that the definition of colored illustrations has been clarified to specifically exclude "black, white, and shades of grey."

Local policy:

1. As these begin to turn up in cataloging copy, catalogers should not "correct" the record by adding the "col." information.

2. Catalogers should exercise the  same judgment when doing original cataloging.

Capitalization rules have been modified.
Appendix A. Capitalization A2.A1.

"For corporate names with unusual capitalization , such as names spelled without an initial capital letter, or with a capital letter or letters following a lower case letter or letters, follow the capitalization practice of the body. Capitalize other words in personal, place, and corporate names used as headings and corporate names used as subheadings as instructed in the rules for the language involved. "
New examples include:

eBay (Firm)

netViz Corporation

hHead (Musical group)

hEARd (Organisation)

drkoop.com, Inc.

A.4.A1 Capitalization in Title and Statement of Responsibility Area.
"In general, capitalize the first word of a title (title proper, alternative title, parallel title, quoted title, etc.). If the first word of a title is a compound term beginning with a lower case letter or letters (e.g., e for electronic) followed by one or more letters in upper case, capitalize only the secondary element of the compound term immediately following the introductory letter(s), whether or not the elements are separated by a hyphen. For a title that begins with an Internet address (or part of an Internet address), do not capitalize the first element if it is not capitalized on the resource. If the title includes a corporate name with unusual capitalization, follow the capitalization practice of the body. Capitalize other words as instructed in the rules for the language involved. See A20 for the capitalization of names of documents."

New title proper examples include:

eWell being

e-Commerce security

iTV games and gambling



U-boat operations of the Second World War



A.30A Single and Multiple Letters Used as Words or Parts of Compounds
" For corporate names with compound terms, see A.2A.. For titles beginning with a compound term, see A.4A . If a compound term appears elsewhere in the resource with a single letter or multiple letters capitalized, follow the capitalization as found. "
New examples include:




But note also:


A major

Y is for yellow


A.40 German. (responding to changes in the rules for orthography)
A.40A1. Capitalize all nouns and words used as nouns. <the rule isn't changed, but the following new examples were added:>
Not tun; ausser Acht lassen; aufs Neue; fürs Erste; im Voraus; die Übrigen; heute Mittag; im Prossen und Ganzen; das Hundert; das Tausend (but for hundert or tausend when used as cardinal numbers; see A.40D1b.

A.40B1. No change.

A.40B2 . (Completely revised)
"Capitalize adjectives that consist of a personal name followed by an apostrophe and the ending -sche (including its inflected forms): die Darwin'sche Evolutionstheorie; das Wackernagel'sche Gesetz; die Goetheschen Dramen. Do not capitalize other adjectives containing a personal name: die platonische Liebe; eine kafkaeske Stimmung."

A.40B3. No change.

A.40B4. No change.

A.40C1. No change.

Original rule for A.40C2 has been deleted ("Capitalize Du, Ihr, Dein, und Euer and their inflected forms when used in correspondence.") The old A.40C3 (capitalize Sie and Ihr) is not changed and has been renumbered to A40C2.

A40D1. (List of German words that are not capitalized)

a) these examples were removed from the list, because they would now be capitalized: etwas anderes , die übrigen . Replaced by examples: die beiden , die meisten . Earlier rules listed die beiden as an example of a numeral.

b)  earlier rule applied the "do not capitalize" rule to numerals . The revised rule is <do not capitalize> " cardinal numbers under one million : hundert, tausend, an die zwanzig, wir zwei, alle drei, bis drei zählen." Note that die beiden was moved to the pronoun list; der vierte was dropped since it was ordinal and would be capitalized.

c) adverbs. These examples have been dropped (because they are now capitalized): aufs neue, fürs erste, im voraus

d) verbal phrases: These examples have been dropped: not tun,  haushalten. The phrase zumute sein remains on the Do Not Capitalize list, but is qualified "(but zu Mute sein "). The phrase schuld sein is retained but with the following explanation "(words such as schuld or leid are considered to be adjectives when used in conjunction with the verbs sein, werden , or bleiben )."

e) no change

f) [new rule] <do not capitalize>"fractions, when they directly precede a noun or a cardinal number: ein viertel Kilogramm (but um ein Viertel vor acht )."

The other changes I believe are minor corrections to 1.1C1 footnote 2,  3.0D, and 3.3B7 or simply minor:  dropping "bir" as a Turkish article.

If you notice anything significant that I may have missed, please let me know.


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