The safe care and handling of gases. (OCLC #6526758)

Slides! I’ve never gotten to catalog slides before. It was a nice opportunity to review the rules for this format. The set does have an accompanying audiocassette:

300 ǂa 37 slides : ǂb color ; ǂc 2 x 2 in. + 
    ǂe 1 audiocassette.

So there are two sets of Content/Media/Carrier fields:

336 __ ǂa still image ǂb sti ǂ2 rdacontent
337 __ ǂa projected ǂb g ǂ2 rdamedia
338 __ ǂa slide ǂb gs ǂ2 rdacarrier
336 __ ǂa spoken word ǂb spw ǂ2 rdacontent ǂ3 accompanying material
337 __ ǂa audio ǂb s ǂ2 rdamedia ǂ3 accompanying material
338 __ ǂa audiocassette ǂb ss ǂ2 rdacarrier ǂ3 accompanying material 

However, the soundtrack is considered an integral part of the slide set, so its sound characteristics are included in the slides’ 007 (not as a separate 007):

007 __ ǂa g ǂb s ǂd c ǂf b ǂg f ǂh j

El Quijote universal : 150 traducciones en el IV Centenario de la muerte de Miguel de Cervantes / editado por José Manuel Lucía Megías. (OCLC #985966961)

The OCLC Bib Formats documentation says for field 041:

For works in multiple languages, the codes for the languages are recorded in the order of their predominance. If predominance cannot be determined, record the codes in English alphabetical order. If the code mul (Multiple languages) is recorded in Lang (meaning the item is multilingual with no predominant language), the code for the title (or the first title, if there are more than one) and the code mul are recorded. Alternatively, any number of specific language codes may be recorded in repeating occurrences of subfield ǂa.

The first option is used for this book:

    Lang: spa 
    041 1_ ǂa spa ǂa mul ǂh spa

So where to draw the line? How many languages are too many to list? This decision may vary by institution; for example, National Library of Medicine used the mul code for titles in more than six languages. I don’t know that my library has a limit for how many languages we will list, but with translations in 150 languages, mul seems far more reasonable!




James Baldwin : the price of the ticket / a Karen Thorsen production in association with Maysles Films, Inc. & WNET, New York ; directed by Karen Thorsen ; produced by Karen Thorsen & William Miles ; written by Karen Thorsen, Douglas K. Dempsey. (OCLC #25112025)

This title is biographical in nature, as indicated in the subject headings:

600 10 ǂa Baldwin, James, ǂd 1924-1987.
650 _0 ǂa African American authors ǂy 20th century ǂv Biography.
650 _0 ǂa Civil rights workers ǂz United States ǂv Biography.

If this were a Book record (for example, with Type: a for Language material and BLvl: m for monograph), there would be a position in the fixed fields used to designate this (Biog = 008/34, 006/17); as this is a Visual materials record, fixed fields are used to record other data specific to the format, such as running time (in minutes), and technique (live action or animated?).

Not at my desk right now, but is there a way to add the biography designation in a 006? As if any ILS would ever make use of that, but still. @problem-cataloger

I’m so glad you asked, @callmebackinfiveyears, as I’ve been wondering about this too; my guess is that you cannot do it, at least not for this video.

I only see the Biog fixed field in the Books type, so that sounds like to add this type of 006, the resource would have to be bookish in some way (like an ebook is primarily a book so that’s its 008, but is computer file-ish so gets that 006), or you would need to have a book as accompanying material that you could describe with that 006. The OLAC

Best Practices for Cataloging DVD/Blu-ray only mention this field in the context of substantial accompanying text. BYU’s FAQ describes 006 as “as an auxiliary fixed field to be added when the fixed field for the format you have chosen is insufficient” though, so maybe some libraries use them more freely.

But yeah… I don’t think I’ve ever used an ILS that made use of Biog (or many other fixed fields) in the 008 even! Too bad, as it would be a nice if you could specify in a normalized way and then determine whether it’s an autobiography, individual or collective biography, etc.


Index of reports, 50th to 75th Congresses, 1888-1938. (OCLC #9796069)

There is a fixed field code for use when a book is an index to bibliographic material other than itself:

Cont: i

This code is not be used when the resource just contains an index to its own contents; there is a fixed field specifically for that:

Indx: 1

Weavers of the Southern Highlands / Philis Alvic. (OCLC #884918404)

RDA 7.15 on Illustrative Content says “If the resource contains illustrative content, record illustration or illustrations, as appropriate.” There is an optional alternative to additionally (or instead) specify the types of illustrations (such as maps, coats of arms, or music) if they are important for identification or selection. The different national libraries have varying policies on this:

  • Library of Congress/PCC: Generally do not be more specific
  • National Library of Australia: Generally do be more specific.
  • British Library: Generally do not, except for maps
  • (I thought DA-C-H said to use your discretion, but don’t see that now)

Our local policy is to record specific types when they seem useful, so in this case I recorded the existence of both general illustrations and maps in the MARC 300 variable field:

300 __ ǂa 1 online resource (xxiv, 234 pages) :
                ǂb illustrations, maps

as well as in the fixed field:

Ills: ab__