10. 375 Gender (R)

Sources: LC RDA Training, BL Guide, NACO RDA Training, RDA 9.7

375 Gender (Repeatable)

No indicators


‡a Gender (R) <OCLC does not display ‡a at the beginning of the field>
‡s Start period (NR)
‡t End period (NR)
‡u Uniform Resource Identifier (R)
‡v Source of information (R)
‡2 Source of term (NR)

Relation of Gender to Name: Gender Neutral Names, Identifying Gender in an International Context

Helpful to add, especially if the person has a name that is not specific to one gender. Apply cataloger judgment in deciding if it would be helpful for the user (including another cataloger) to give information about gender in the NAR.  Take into consideration possible help in narrowing bibliographic searches, e.g., looking for materials by women physicists.

"Just because the gender of a name is obvious to you – it may not be obvious to everyone."

  • In an international context, there is always someone who is NOT familiar with the name/gender assumptions of your culture
  • BL: “Gender and language given in 375 and 377 need not be justified explicitly, if it is felt they are clear from the title(s) of the source(s) cited, or the name itself, respectively.” 

YUL: if the name can be construed as gender-neutral and the actual gender is reasonably evident from other sources within the resource, make a 375. In addition, with the large percentage of cataloging performed for international collections by YUL, keep the "international context" bullet in mind.

NACO RDA Training: Transgender decisions

Other than male, female, or “not known”, RDA doesn’t give any authorized terminology for other situations.

Multiple 375 fields, with dates in ‡s or ‡t, may be utilized in cases of gender reassignment.

Prefer use of RDA gender terms over the ISO 5218 codes.  LCSH terms can also be used (‡2 lcsh) in this field.

When assigning gender, base the decision on

  • Gender with which a person identifies
  • Prefer use of RDA gender terms, which are limited to: female, male, not known,  or
  • LCSH, e.g.: Transgender people ‡2 lcsh

If none of these terms is appropriate or sufficiently specific, record an appropriate term or phrase.