Best Practices for Cataloging DVD-Video and Blu-ray Discs Using RDA and MARC21

Prepared by the Online Audiovisual Catalogers Inc. Cataloging Policy Committee DVD/Blu-ray RDA Cataloging Task Force, January 2015

Best Practices for Cataloging DVD-video and Blu-ray Discs Using RDA and MARC21 builds upon the work of the 2008 Guide to Cataloging DVD and Blu-ray Discs Using AACR2r and MARC21, which in turn updated the 2002 Guide to Cataloging DVDs Using AACR2r Chapters 7 and 9 created by the DVD Cataloging Task Force of OLAC….

The opening section provides a general overview of DVD and Blu-ray technology, formats, plus a comparison with compact disc (CD) technology. A brief introduction to RDA follows, to provide a basic frame of reference for the document. Since most libraries are still encoding data in MARC21, the main part of the document is generally arranged by RDA element in the order they are encountered in a MARC21 record. Examples (both in-line and full record) use ISBD as the presentation format. Each section includes examples that reflect the principles outlined in the document. A table outlining recommended description and encoding of DVD –video and Blu-ray Disc attributes is given in the appendix. A list of resources and a selection of full MARC21 record examples illustrating common situations encountered in DVD-video and Blu-ray Disc cataloging completes the document.


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