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How to manage publications where the name has changed

Sep 19 '16 at 22:28 (UTC)

How to manage publications where the name has changed

I'm looking for suggestions on how best to manage publications where the name has changed over time.

For example, "Modern Motor" became "Motor".

At present there is a bit of a mixture going on in the catalog. Some publications have been grouped as one publication regardless of name changes, for some there are multiple publications with the different names.

From a search engine perspective the publication name is important as it becomes the page title and main heading, which significantly influences search engine rankings. if someone searches in Google for "Publication Name April 1995" and we have the publication under a different name then it could affect whether this sites shows in search results or how far up or down in the results it shows.

For this reason I feel it is best to create a new publication for each name change, although that will be a bit of a pain when the name change is fairly minor, or there have been frequent name changes.

One option might be to add a way to relate one publication to another so links can be added, perhaps with some sort of chronological order. So "Motor" would become a relation of "Modern Motor" with a some sort of introductory date and the link to "Motor" would appear on the "Modern Motor" page and vice versa. But for some publications there might not be an introductory date, it could be an issue number of volume so this complicates things.

Another option might be to add extra fields to record multiple names and include these in the page title and headings, but for some publications this could be a long list and might not work so well.

Any suggestions welcome!

Apr 28 '18 at 06:16 (UTC)

Hello John. I expect that librarians have devised policies around such issues.
Therefore, I wonder if an email on the topic to, for example, the National Library of Australia (NLA) might find someone in their own technology area who could provide free and valuable input to you on the topic.
I am suggesting this particularly because on the TROVE part of their website (www.nla.gov.au) they deal with newspapers from all over Australia, going through all of their many name-changes -- which occurred for a huge number of newspaper titles.
HTH. Raymond

May 14 '18 at 08:14 (UTC)

Thanks for the suggestion, Raymond. I'll look into how libraries handle this.

Jun 3 '19 at 07:23 (UTC)

From a New Zealander compiler aka Carmagman

I have been documenting the contents of car magazines from cover to cover for almost almost 46 years of my almost 58 years on this earth!

I doubt if anyone in the world has done a though job as much as I - Most tend to specialise in a period, magazine or make of car not the lot!
They on 60 plus Excel spread sheets -& I would consider myself a bit of authority on this and i regularly developed the database with improvements over time - particularly from 1992 I consulted what New Zealand Librarians have done. What I have seen and spoke on many occasion at the National Archive - they put the names of the issue under the new name and in notes on a archive they put the period of time from the name change with the address of the publisher and what issues they have over a certain period.

In addition in New Zealand there used to me a thin booklet published year after year until 1996 Called 'The Finder List' which listed all the holdings and issues of magazines around New Zealands big City Public Libraries & The Main National archives and occassionally some of the Universities and Polytechs -To create this they would employ someone who every year would visit the librarians on the list and try to keep track of changes where issues get lost or get shipped around - Sadly this not been updated since 1996 and in fact the last 1996 issue was wrong as it listed holding in Palmerston North that were long chucked in the skip in 1983! I know I been to Palmerston North! (old Wheels mags of 1968-1971 a unique collection) With the cost cuttings on Libraries today -Big City Libraries now only keep magazines for 20 years of life and some libraries its less then 5

I Think Modern Motor from memory changed to Motor around 1988 perhaps to coincide when Autocar UK brought its opposition Motor UK around that time and merged and were called Autocar & Motor for a few issues and then Motor name was quietly dropped! (previously called The Autocar & The Motor)

Like wise Sports Car Illustrated changed its name to Car & Driver in 1963
Other examples Australian Motor Manual in 1986 became Car Australia who in turn were brought out by Modern Motor who then changed to Motor

I always documented the Magazines under their name at the time for example Modern Motor (Aus) and later Motor (Aus) to recognize the factor that name "Motor' is common name and there other countries that also issue Motor say under India Motor (india)
Look at huge franchise of Autocar name around the world now that there is Autocar India etc as an example

As for Librarians Sorry to say the degree of knowledge is not there anymore - Unless you dealing with the National Library of the country - !

Cheers Julian

Last edited Jun 3 '19 at 07:26 (UTC)

Jun 22 '19 at 00:25 (UTC)

Wow, Julian. What amazing tenacity: you started this monumental work at age 12, and persevered with it! Congratulations. I certainly hope that you have plans to pass it on to an organisation which will value it and make it available to others. Well done!

Jun 30 '19 at 02:44 (UTC)

Thanks for that Raymond - I plan to donate it to NZ Vintage Car Club once I have left this earth. Hopefully that will be a while :)