Vol. 13 No. 3 (2022): Modelling knowledge, archival and bibliographic standards in comparison. 1st JLIS.it Seminar - 19 May 2022

From the uniform title to the preferred title: the prominence of the cultural and linguistic context

Mauro Guerrini
University of Florence

Published 2022-09-15


  • Uniform title,
  • Cataloging,
  • Controlled access point,
  • Bibliographic Control

How to Cite

Guerrini, Mauro. 2022. “From the Uniform Title to the Preferred Title: The Prominence of the Cultural and Linguistic Context”. JLIS.It 13 (3):76-89. https://doi.org/10.36253/jlis.it-474.


By anchoring the title to a cultural context, it is possible that a universally valid title form (uniform title) does not exist or exist; the form used at the national or regional level is a form commonly used in that or those countries, that is, in a local or national context, not a global one. The concept of preferred title goes beyond, relativizing it, the cataloging model, considered an absolute time for every reality; it is acknowledged that what is valid for a specific cultural and linguistic context does not necessarily apply to the international context. The dissimilar historical behavior is exemplified by two examples: “One Thousand and One Nights”, and “The Chanson de Roland”.


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