Tip #109: Blu-ray Cataloging reminders in Evergreen Indiana

More Evergreen libraries are expanding their videorecording collections to include Blu-ray discs.
Blu-ray videorecordings are cataloged much the same way as DVDs, with some important differences in the 007, 250 and 538 fields.

  1. The fifth space (or fourth letter) in the 007 physical characteristics field is always an ‘s’, to indicate a Blu-ray disc. (Although in Evergreen all the coding in the 007 field is strung together, in vendor records such as OCLC this position is viewed as subfield e.)

    007 __ vd csaizq (for a Blu-ray disc)
    007 __ vd cvaizq (for a DVD)
  2. To help patrons spot a Blu-ray videorecording in the OPAC, catalogers should always add “Blu-ray version” to the 250 edition statement. If the exact words “Blu-ray edition” or “Blu-ray version” do not appear on the item or container, put the statement in brackets.

    250 __ [Blu-ray version]
    250 __ Blu-ray version.
    250 __ Special ed., [Blu-ray version]
  3. The 538 system details note is for a Blu-ray videorecording always identifies the material as a Blu-ray disc and advises that a special player is required.


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

—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. Please do not attach a Blu-ray videorecording to a DVD record.
—The GMD for Blu-ray is [videorecording], the same as for a DVD. Do not use a GMD of [Blu-ray] in the 245 field.

Combo packs: If you receive the DVD and Blu-ray versions bundled together in a set, we suggest you repackage and circulate 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 but use subfield ‘z’ instead of ‘a’ in the 020 and 024 fields. Otherwise the two records may merge if a future deduplication project includes videorecordings.

More information about cataloging Blu-ray discs and Blu-ray/DVD combo packages can be found on pages 2.37 – 2.40 of the EI Cataloging Procedures Guide.
Originally published on November 11, 2011.

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