5. Designation of Edition; Changes of Edition Statement

Designation of Edition

Source: LC Training Module 1, Slide 82, Sept. 2012

Trainers' notes. "Transcribe an edition statement as it appears on the source of information. Apply the general guidelines on transcription given under 1.7.  Following various LCPS in 1.7 and 1.8 leads you to always transcribe the data as found.  Appendix B4 says, “For transcribed elements, use only those abbreviations found in the sources of information for the element.”

"[Transcribing these elements as found means not abbreviating terms and not converting numerals from one form to another as AACR2 requires.]"

Example 1 (do not supply abbreviations)

Source Third revised edition
AACR2 250     ‡a 3rd rev. ed.
RDA 250     ‡a Third revised edition.

Example 2 (transcribe abbreviations as they appear on the resource)

Source 2nd enlarged ed., revised
AACR2 250     ‡a 2nd enl. ed., rev.
RDA 250     ‡a 2nd enlarged ed., revised.

Recording Changes in Edition Statement

Source: Trainers' notes from LC Training Module 1, Slide 83, Sept. 2012

  • If edition statements differ from one part of a multipart monograph to another, make a note if the difference is considered to be important for identification or access.
  • For serials, if an edition statement is added, deleted, or changed on a subsequent issue or part of a serial, make a note if the change is important for identification or access.
  • For integrating resources, change the edition statement to reflect the current iteration if the change does not require a new description.  However, if the earlier edition statement is considered to be important, make a note for the earlier statement.