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Blu-ray Disc Cataloguing

20 February 2014

OLAC DVD/Blu-ray Guide:

SLC differs from this guide in combining all noncast credits in 508, as opposed to dividing them between 246 /$c and 508; and in always using 655 for genre terms.

LDR/06 (Type):
g = audiovisual material

LDR/07 (Bib lvl):
m = monograph

LDR/17 Enc lvl):
blank = full record item in hand

LDR/18 (Desc):
a = AACR
i = ISBD (use for RDA_ 9
[Many libraries do not use field 007, physical characteristics. Some
use it for DVDs in order to distinguish them from VHS cassettes.]

v = videorecording

d = videodisc

c = colour

s - Blu-ray

a = sound on medium

i - videodisc

z = other (A DVD is about 4 3/4 in, and has no size code)

s = stereophonic

008/06 (Date type):
s = single
m = multiple

008/07-10 (Date one):
Single date (s) or beginning date (m)

008/11-14 (Date two):
Ending date (m)

008/15-17 (Country):

008/18-20 (Time):
Give in minutes, e.g., 090 = ninety minutes

008/22 (Target audience):
e = adult
l = young adult
j = children

008/23-27 (Accompanying material):
blank = none
a = printed text

008/34 (Technique):
a = animation
c = combined animation & live action
l = live action
u = unknown

008/35-37 (Language):

Variable Fields

020 ISBN if any

040 $acataloguing agency code$ckeying agency code$drevising agency code

RDA: add $bcataloguing languageing, e.g., eng$erules e.g.. rda

050 LCC

[055 Canadian FC, KF, and PS 8000]

060 NLMC

082 DDC

[090 Local call number]

245 Title

The title as in the title frame; use a ":$b" before subtitle; "=" (or "=$b" if $b not already used) before a title in another language.

For a foreign language film originally issued with a title in that language, the English title may appear alone on the container, or be given prominence there. In 245 SLC gives the English title and GMD first, followed by the original language title. Give the original language title in 246. This allows the film to be Cuttered and shelved by the title patrons expect. This usually requires copying and pasting to switch the titles in derived records.

If taking the title from the container, use 588 $aTitle from container. Some prefer 500.

Some libraries follow with "/$c" and responsible persons. SLC instead uses 508 for producers, directors, etc. If the persons mentioned in 245 /$c or 508 did different things, use a ";", e.g. Produced by John Smith ; directed by Tim Jones.

For titles which begin with a studio or director "presents", use the title without that introductory phrase in 245, and with the phrase in a 246.

246 21 $a
246 1 $iAt head of title:$a
246 20 $a

257 Original country of production.

264 Detailed imprint.

Field 264 is repeating, with first indicator for sequence (2 intervening, 3 current); second for function (0 production, 1 publication, 2 distribution, 3 manufacture, 4 copyright.

300 Collation

e.g., $a1 Blu-ray disc (120 min.) :$bsound, colour ;$c4 3/4 in.

336-338 Media terms

336 Content type

Follow term with $2rdaontent; if more than one needed, use repeating 336 performed music (use for musicals and operas in addition to two dimensional moving image) spoken word (need not be used for dialogue in a film; two-dimensional moving image definition includes sound track) three-dimensional moving image two-dimensional moving image

337 Media type (follow term with $2rdamedia)


338 Carrier type (follow term with $2rdacarrier


34X [Prefer 300, 538, for simpler OPAC display]

500 Notes

General notes. There are also specific notes. As a beginner, if you see something which seems helpful on the title frame or container, just quote it.

[501 Issued with, e.g., Special features, Bonus

SLC finds it helpful in ordering notes in a record to use this specific note for such information as added features.]

[503 History of work, e.g., Originally issued ....

Still used by SLC, even though obsolete, e.g., 503 $aOriginally issued as a motion picture in 1999.]

505 Contents

e.g., 505 $aSide 1. Title one -- side 2. Title two.

508 Persons responsible for the production, i.e., non cast credits.

[When copying and pasting responsible persons from 245 /$c, upper case the first letter after $c, paste in from of an existing 508, insert " ; " and lower case the first letter of an existing 508 if not a proper name.]

In general, include the following:

* Director
* Producer
* Editor
* Director of photography, or equivalent
* Writer of screenplay or script
* Music director, composer, or performer if one person or group
chiefly responsibly
* Presenter or narrator (e.g. for documentaries)

In general, do not include the following, unless they are particularly significant (e.g. multiple musical performers for a musical film, make-up for Planet of the Apes.):

* Costume
* Art director
* Sound
* Set
* Make-up
* Special effects
* Visual effects
* Stunts
* Production company
* Executive producer
* Musical performers if more than one person or group

Consult IMDB to ascertain information not present on the physical item.

511 Performers, i.e., cast credits

520 Summary

Summary of subject content, or of the plot in case of drama. Our clients tell us that inclusion of summaries increases use due to keyword searching. But if quoting with "--", we attempt to screen out publisher's "puff" adjectives substituting "...", and just include the parts which actually tell you something about the item. For DVD-Rs, give the information: Recorded DVD (DVD-R); may not play on all equipment

538 System requirements

Requirements for use. [ DVD or VHS if not given in 300.] May include additional information such as region, type of sound. [widescreen vs, ketterbox.] [SLC only uses if there is additional information, and moves "Blu-ray disc" to 300, capitalizing the first letter.

546 Languages

Includes such notes such as "Closed-captioned." "Dialogue in Chinese with English subtitles."

6XX Subjects

In MARC records, subject subdivisions have subfield codes $xTopic$zPlace$yPeriod$vGenre. For motion pictures use $vDrama.

600 Person as subject

In same format as 100 person as author.

610 Corporate body as subject

Including governments. In same format as 110.

611 Conference as subject.

In same format as 111.

630 Uniform title as subject.

650 Topic as subject

650 0 $aAging$vDrama.
650 0 $aChemistry$vVideorecordings.

651 Place as subject

Does not include governments (see 610).

651 0 $aCanada$xHistory$y1755-1763$vDrama.

655 Genre heading

655 7 $aFeature films$2lcgft

Older records will have:

650 0 $aFeature films.

Other genre headings:

700 Non cast and cast persons in 508 and 511.

700$a$t Author and title of book on which film is based.

710 Production companies

[SLC does not make added entries for production companies.]