Quantitative remote sensing in thermal infrared : theory and applications / Huajun Tang, Zho-Liang Li. (OCLC #861323363)

Authority records for series include the library’s practice on whether the series should be ‘traced’; that is, should records for titles in the series include an authorized access point for the series? In MARC, these appear as an 8XX, for example:

    830 _0 ǂa Springer remote sensing/photogrammetry.

The decision to trace would appear as t:

    645 ǂa __ t ǂ5 YOUNG

The decision not to trace would appear as n:

    645 ǂa __ n ǂ5 YOUNG

Le tsunami numérique : éducation, tout va changer! Êtes-vous prêts? / Emmanuel Davidenkoff. (OCLC #880358053)

The LC-PCC PS for RDA (describing the formatting for contents notes) says to omit chapter and section numbering in that note. This would have been a bit odd in this book, whose first few chapters are:

  • 1. Machines versus profs, la guerre des mondes
  • 2. MOOC story
  • 3… D

Chapter 3 is about 3D printers, so the chapter heading is formatted slightly differently, with the chapter title including the chapter number.

To keep things simple and clear, I mostly followed the PS but recorded the odd chapter title as it was likely intended:

505 0_ ǂa Machines versus profs, la guerre des mondes -- MOOC
story -- 3... D -- Design or decline -- Coopération versus
sélection -- Le marché mondial des talents -- Imagine -- L'école
et le syndrome Kodak -- Chronique d'une privatisation annoncée --
L'innovation, un arte povera -- Du marché scolaire à la
marchandisation de l'école.

Erfahrungen mit der Digitalisierung von rastermässig erfassten Linienstrukturen / Thomas Kreifelts … [et al.]. (OCLC #2794543)

If a set of books is part of an analyzed series that is classed together, the call number in the bib record for the set might be recorded in a format like:

    QA1 ǂb .G344 no. 30, etc.

That is, both volumes have a call number that starts QA1 .G344, but have enumeration based on their location in the series:

    QA1 .G344 no. 30
    QA1 .G344 no. 37

In our collection, we classify this particular series separately, so the call numbers for the two volumes in the set actually ended up as:

    GA102.4.E4 E73 1974 v.1
    GA102.4.E4 E73 1974 v.2

Yield gains in major U.S. field crops / Stephen Smith, Brian Diers, James Specht, and Brett Carver, editors. (OCLC #880168370)

A book containing multiple chapters may be considered a collection of separate works, with a whole-part or “contains” relationship. The rules for describing this relationship in RDA are in Chapter 25, Related Works. In general this can be recorded with a statement like:

Contains: Barley -- Cotton -- Cool-season forages.

As we are encoding the record in MARC, the “Contains:” phrase is not needed; it is specified by the first indicator of the 505. More details can be found in the LC-PCC PS for RDA

Though recording this relationship is not required, I did not find doing so for this book burdensome, and the resulting statement was dense with helpful keywords:

505 0_ ǂa Barley -- Cotton -- Cool-season forages -- Lettuce
  and spinach -- Edible grain legumes -- Maize -- Peanut -- Potato
  -- Rangeland and warm-season forage grasses -- Rice -- Sorghum --
  Soybean -- Sugarbeet -- Sugarcane -- Sunflower -- Wheat.

Los reyes del Grial / Margarita Torres Sevilla, José Miguel Ortega del Río ; edición de María Robledano. (OCLC #878689024)

Only the first statement of responsibility is core in RDA, so we could have chosen to omit “edición de María Robledano”.

A statement of responsibility listing more than one person (such as “Margarita Torres Sevilla, José Miguel Ortega del Río”) is recorded as a single statement. There is an optional omission rule which says that if a statement includes more than three (!) people, you may omit some of them and record a summarized version, such as:

edited by Bob Smith, Jon Jones [and two others]

Both LC-PCC PS and NLA PS say to generally not omit names.

When recording relationships between people and resources (for example, via main or added entries in a MARC record), only the first creator (or someone used to create the AAP) is required; I chose to record the relationship for the second creator (in a 700) as well.


Map worlds : a history of women in cartography / Will C. van den Hoonaard. (OCLC #830352925)

This book on our shelf had the same call number as this book on a very different topic:

Sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps / Chet Van Duzer. (OCLC #844705228)

Both were classed under GA203, a general special class number (under Cartography–History) which is for special aspects of the subject as a whole which don’t have their own place in the classification. I moved the sea monsters book to GA781 (Cartography, European maps) which was more specific; the sea monsters aspect is still accessible via subject headings.

No new “general special” numbers are being established, and there are generally only narrow ways these classifications should be used (amorphous works, too new subjects). However, GA203 has a scope note specifying that it should be used for “cartographical sources, value of maps in boundary disputes, popes as geographers.” The topic “women cartographers” seemed similar in scope, and I couldn’t find a more specific appropriate classification, so I left it as general special.


Si nous vivions en 1913 / Antoine Prost. (OCLC #878360972)

Did you know that if you update an existing OCLC record by putting a new call number in an 090, that call number won’t be saved in the master record? They do get saved in new records (maybe in records with no other call number?), so I’d been assuming they’d save. For the existing record for this title, I added a complete call number in an 050.

Before I assign a new call number, I always peek into nearby OPACs using OCLC’s “Find in a Library” service; sometimes I find a good call number that may have unintentionally not been shared.


Antología de la poesía oral-traumática, cósmica y esquizofrénica de Enrique Valle / por Fredo Arias de la Canal. (OCLC #879577035)

I initially found a Spanish-language record for this title, and was happy to see that it was an RDA record with Spanish-language terms in 33X ( texto / no mediado / volumen ). The Spanish translation of RDA is not yet available in RDA toolkit, so I peeked into the French version. It lists the same carrier types (using French terms) and they have the same codes as the English terms! This says great things for international sharing of RDA records.


Ricciotti, architect / collected works under the direction of Francis Rambert. (OCLC #879598494)

Coming from a math background, I often read “collected works” as meaning “complete works”; for this title, it seems to mean collected as in gathered/selected for a particular exhibition, so I did not use a conventional collective title, only the title proper.

I also considered “collected works” to be a noun phrase that is part of the statement of responsibility, rather than other title information.


艾氏建筑事务所 : 学习・工作・生活 = Ehrlich Architects : learning, working, living / 艾氏建筑事务所编著. (OCLC #876806744)

This book has both a parallel title proper and other title information, but they share a (Chinese-only) statement of responsibility. This is encoded in ISBD as:

Title proper : other title information = parallel title :
   parallel other title information / statement of responsibility.

MARC 245 ǂb is for “remainder of title”, which includes parallel titles and other title information:

ǂa Title proper : ǂb other title information = parallel title :
   parallel other title information / ǂc statement of responsibility.