Tip #33: Blu-ray Discs

Since DVDs and Blu-ray discs do not play on the same type of equipment and are formatted differently, they cannot share the same MARC record. The 538 System Details Note is different for each of these formats.
Examples:
Blu-ray:

538 Blu-ray disc, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital, 1080p High Definition; requires Blu-ray player.

DVD:

538 DVD; region 1; anamorphic widescreen (2:35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1; NTSC.

To assist patrons in identifying which videorecordings are Blu-ray, please enter “[Blu-ray version]” in the 250 field of a Blu-ray MARC record:

250 Special ed., [Blu-ray version]

Other than the 250 and the 538 fields, the records for DVD and Blu-ray will look the same.
If you receive the DVD and Blu-ray versions bundled together in a set, please repackage them separately so each can be attached to the correct MARC record. If each format does not have a unique ISBN, use the set ISBN and/or UPC code on both records.
More information about cataloging Blu-ray discs and Blu-ray/DVD combo packages can be found on pages 2.36 – 2.40 of the EI Cataloging Procedures Guide.
Originally published on April 23, 2010.


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