I’m probably noticing this later than everyone else, but I just did and found it amusing. Apparently wikipedia is now an acceptable citation for source of information in an LCSH authority record?
Happened to notice this on the same LCSH authority record as I mentioned in last post regarding a different issue. I don’t think there’s any way to permalink to the actual individual authority on authorities.loc.gov, but through your method of choice look up LCSH authority record with LCCN “n 2008030542”.
LCSH authorities include in marc 670, “Source” information with citations providing justification for the other headings (preferred or lead-in) found in the authority record.
For, this record 100 heading “Rote Armee Fraktion”, there is a 670 citation:
670 __ |a Wikipedia, Apr. 24, 2008 |b (Red Army Faction; RAF (German: Rote Armee Fraktion) in its early stages commonly known as Baader-Meinhof Group [or Gang], was one of postwar West Germany’s most active and prominent militant left-wing groups)
Presumably (although marc authorities don’t use a convention to tie the ‘justification’ in 670 to the particular heading it is meant to justify), this is justification for the marc 410 “See From” non-preferred terms “RAF” and “Baader-Meinhoff Group”.
Who said librarians don’t like wikipedia, or find it an acceptable citation source?
(I would add, to be clear, it does seem entirely appropriate to me to use a wikipedia citation as a source here. Especially since the 4xx lead-in terms are meant to capture common usages and direct them to the authorized heading, wikipedia is a perfectly good source of useful 4xx lead-ins.)