- Chronology Statements:
If there is a chronology in the title of the proceeding (e.g. 2014 Conference of the North American Packagement Society), it is not a one-off issue and you should check for the publication frequency.
The title itself may contain some wording that alludes to publication frequency, (e.g., The 14th Annual Conference of the North American Packagement Society) or it may be noted elsewhere on the piece. If you determine that the proceedings are published more frequently than triennialtriennially, the title should be cataloged as a serial. Anything cataloged less frequently than triennially will most likely be cataloged as a monograph, particularly something that looks like a one-off issue. Exceptions may be made to this policy if there is some compelling reason, such as a request from a collection manager to catalog the title one way or another.
- Theme Issues and Special Issues:
If the proceeding has some subject-specific theme, (e.g., The 5th Annual Conference of the North American Packagement Society : Title Transfers, Friend or Foe?) we will be more likely to catalog it as a monograph. The monograph record would allow us delve more deeply into the subject of the title using more specific subject headings and the call number.
Sometimes a conference proceeding will be published as a special issue of an existing journal and a collection manager may want that special issue to be discoverable by title. We would treat this issue like any other of the journal, checking it in on the control and not cataloging it separately, but we would add a 740 711 to the journal record to bring out the unique title. (We get these requests a little less often than we used to.)