Similar authorities and inconsistencies (again…)

Our cataloguing department came across these authorities recently and I thought perhaps I’d give everyone a ‘head’s up’.

The Library of Congress have created two distinct authorities for Clone Wars.

See the   following:

010 — |ano2008137241
035 — |a(OCoLC)oca07883098
040 — |aIAhCCS|beng|cIAhCCS|dIAhCCS
130 -0 |aStar Wars, the clone wars (Television program)
430 -0 |aClone wars (Television program)
667 — |aDo not confuse with: Star wars: Clone wars (Television program)
670 — |aStar Wars, The clone wars : the visual guide, 2008:|bjkt.
(companion to the Clone wars movie and TV series)
670 — |aepguides.com, Feb. 20, 2009|b(Star Wars: The Clone Wars; first episode Oct. 3, 2008)
NOTE:  the word ‘the’ and the upper case W in Wars
versus

010 — |an 2005077359
035 — |a(OCoLC)oca06761713
040 — |aDLC|beng|cDLC|dIAhCCS
130 -0 |aStar wars: Clone wars (Television program)
430 -0 |aClone wars (Television program)
667 — |aDo not confuse with: Star Wars, the clone wars (Television program)
670 — |aStar wars : clone wars, <2005>.
670 — |aInternet movie database, Oct. 18, 2005:|b(Star wars: Clone wars; television series beginning in 2003)
670 — |aepguides.com, Feb. 20, 2009|b(Star Wars: Clone wars; 25 episodes, 2003-2005)
NOTE: no word ‘the’ and the lower case w in wars
We have ascertained that most of the books in our database which would use the 730 for the television show will be attached to the first heading listed: Star Wars, the clone wars (Television program)

The inconsistencies with the usage of upper case and lower case when naming the same entity has long been a thorn in my side and seems to be quite common with LC’s practices.

Example # 1:
Star trek, Deep Space Nine (Television program) versus Star Trek fiction
lower case t in the former and upper case T in the latter
Example #2:
Berenstain Bear Scouts and the ice monster  versus  Berenstain bear scouts in giant bat cave
upper case B in bear in the former and lower case b in the latter
I apologize for the rant…

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