Tip #139: Fixed Fields for Sound Recordings

The Fixed Field grid is exactly the same for musical and nonmusical sound recordings. Most of the fields use the same codes and rules as for books (ELvl, Srce, Lang, BLvl, Ctry, Desc, DtSt, and the two date fields), but there are a few that are different. Below is a cheat sheet of sorts for those fields.

FIXED FIELDS FOR AUDIOBOOKS

Type (Type of record) = i because it’s a nonmusical sound recording.
Audn (Audience) = Same code as for the book (e for adult, j for juvenile, a for preschool, etc.)
TrAr (Transportation and Arrangement) = n because it’s not notated music.
Part (Music Parts) = n because it’s not notated music.
LTxt (Literary Text for Sound Recordings) = Similar to the LitF code for books, but there’s no 1 for fiction and 0 for nonfiction. (NOTE: this is a 2-space field, so if you change or add codes, you need to follow the code with a spacebar unless you use two codes.) Commonly used codes include: a for autobiography, b for biography, d for drama, e for essays, f for fiction, h for history, i for instruction, m for memoirs, and p for poetry.
See OCLC’s Fixed Fields: Literary Text for Sound Recordings for the complete list.
FMus (Format of Music) = n because it’s not a music manuscript or printed music.
AccM (Accompanying Matter) Usually blank for audiobooks.
Comp (Form of Composition) = nn for audiobooks because it’s not a musical recording.

FIXED FIELDS FOR MUSIC CDS

Type (Type of record) = j
Audn (Audience) = Use g for an adult audience and one of the juvenile codes (a, b, c, d, j) if for children. May use e if there’s a parental advisory.
TrAr (Transportation and Arrangement) = n because it’s not notated music.
Part (Music Parts) = n because it’s not notated music.
LTxt (Literary Text for Sound Recordings) = blank because it’s a musical sound recording.
FMus (Format of Music) = n because it’s not a music manuscript or printed music.
AccM (Accompanying Matter) Leave blank unless content notes, etc. are substantial. (NOTE: this is a 6-space field, so if you change or add codes you must use the spacebar for each unused space, as in d-z-space-space-space-space in order for your changes to save.) Commonly used codes include d for libretto or text, e for biography of composer, f for biography of performer, and z for other. See OCLC’s Fixed Fields: Accompanying Matter for a complete list.
Comp (Form of Composition) = Always fill in for a music CD. Use the LOC subject heading(s) as a guide for selecting the code. Use the code mu if there’s a variety of forms on the recording. Codes include bg for bluegrass, bl for blues, co for concertos, cy for country music, jz for jazz, op for operas, pp for popular music, rc for rock music, and sy for symphonies. See OCLC’s Fixed Fields: Form of Composition for a complete list.

More information about Fixed Fields can be found on OCLC’s Fixed Fields resource page. Also, check out Fixed Fields in Evergreen Indiana (2010).

Originally published on June 29, 2012.


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