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Cataloging rare books (again) [Apr. 5th, 2008|01:30 pm]
The Order of St. Jerome: SCA Librarians


Hello again. As I posted a couple of months ago, I'm in an Advanced Cataloging class right now doing a group project. My group is supposed to teach the class about cataloging Ancient-Early Modern materials, and the resources that were posted here (especially the Gregory Pass book) before were of great help (thanks again).

As we get close to the end of the project, we're having trouble getting information about one thing: fixed fields. We've read OCLC's Bibliographic Formats and Standards on fixed fields, and we suspect that these materials would use the standard fields for all monographs (or for all maps, or all scores, as appropriate to what the item is), although there would be some things that would be likely to be more common. With manuscript literally meaning "handwriten," it would be much more common to code the type as t, and it seems reasonable that coding Ills p for illumination would be something one would have to look out for more often. However, because we haven't actually seen anything that says "Use the same fixed fields for Ancient-Early Modern manuscripts as you would for a modern item of the same type," we aren't sure if this is the case or if we just haven't found the thing that explains what we are really supposed to do yet.

If one of you who has some experience in this area (ladyaelfwynn, I got a failure message when I tried to e-mail you) is able, I'd appreciate either a quick "yes, that's right," any suggestions of other details with particularly common variations, or if I am completely on the wrong track, any leads on where to read about the actual fixed fields procedures.

[User Picture]From: estllechauvelin
2008-04-05 10:53 pm (UTC)
What can I say, I don't like the idea of working on my homework in front of the person grading it. I hadn't thought of the archives, though.
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