Getting started : urban youth in the labor market / by Albert Westefeld, under the supervision of John N. Webb … (OCLC #1876457)

Did you know that a barcode scanner is just a glorified keyboard? It doesn’t care if you’re inputting the data into an ILS client, OCLC Connexion, a web page, a spreadsheet, or a text file. Wherever your cursor is, that’s where it will type the barcode.

We are currently planning to move a large-ish collection (that is not identifiable just by its cataloging data), and need to change the items’ locations in the catalog. Rather than editing each record individually, the plan is to scan each barcode into a spreadsheet as we move the items to a cart, and then modify the catalog appropriately based on the spreadsheet.

(We could probably make the changes about as quickly by scanning the items directly into Voyager’s Pick & Scan, but our laptop with Cataloging client is out for repair.)


国立美術館 : マップと概略案内. (OCLC #906972890)

RDA on Dimensions of Sheets says, for folded sheets not intended to be read in pages, “record the height × width when extended followed by the height × width when folded” as in:

46 x 46 cm folded to 12 x 23 cm

Roy Lichtenstein : a retrospective : National Gallery of Art, October 14-January 13, East Building. (OCLC #819413342)

We keep small government documents like this one (88 x 88 mm) in envelopes on the shelf, but put the barcode directly on the piece (in case they get separated). Sometimes there isn’t enough room to put it on there without covering important information (the SuDoc and Depository stickers were already present when the piece came to cataloging).

I brought this piece to a meeting, and several options were suggested:

  • Put the card in a small binder and barcode that?
  • Encapsulate?
  • Enclose in a smaller envelope, and barcode that?
  • Barcode the envelope?
  • Barcode the envelope, with a note indicating to check for the piece?

I brought it to the labeling technician, who just trimmed some of the white sticker around the barcode so that it fit:


Cluster molecules of the p-block elements / Catherine E. Housecroft. (OCLC #28377229)

Water damage is a mess, and it’s often not worth the work to salvage an individual volume, especially if it is not a rare book. We were able to replace this water-damaged paperback with a nice new hardback copy.


Transition metal chemistry. (OCLC #1330684)

Serials can have many titles associated with them, including the Title proper:

245 00 ǂa Transition metal chemistry.

There is also Key Title, which is the unique name assigned to a resource by an ISSN registration agency:

222 _0 ǂa Transition metal chemistry ǂb (New York, N.Y.)

There is also the Abbreviated title, used for indexing or identification:

210 0_ ǂa Transit. met. chem. ǂb (N.Y.N.Y.)

The occult sourcebook / Nevill Drury and Gregory Tillett ; illustrated by Elizabeth Trafford Smith. (OCLC #4473790)

RDA 2.8.2 on Place of Publication says that if more that one place is listed on the source of information, only the first one is core, but other guidelines suggest more:

The LC-PCC PS says: for rare books, record all places of publication. For CIP cataloging, if the first place is not in the U.S., also record the first U.S. location (similar to AACR2).

The NLA PS says: for some publications (such as those from multinational publishers), record all places if the first one is not in Australia.

The D-A-CH says: if more than one place is listed on the resource, record all of them if possible.

The MLA BP says: if you are unsure which is the “true” place of publication, record them all. 

This (hybrid) record was created pre-RDA, so includes more than one place:

260 __ ǂa London ; ǂa Boston : ǂb Routledge &
    K. Paul, ǂc 1978.