Tip #152: Quick & easy fields to check before opening an Audiobook

When cataloging an audiobook, several fields in a bibliographic record can be checked and corrected before you even open the item. You may want to make a habit of checking these fields first.

Fixed field values that are true for every nonmusical sound recording:

  • Type = i
  • Blvl = m
  • Desc = a
  • TrAr = n
  • Part = n
  • LTxt = blank
  • FMus = n

Variable fields that can be reviewed and corrected before examining the audiobook:

  • Look for and delete ISBNs for any e-books
  • Delete any price in the 020 fields
  • Make sure the GMD “ [sound recording]” is in the 245 field, subfield h.
  • Delete any 250 field that says “Abridged” or “Unabridged” and put that information in a 500 note. (You can check later if the information is true.)
  • Check field order for 4xx and 5xx fields:
    1. 490 Series statement (“A Jesse Stone novel”)
    2. 511 Performer (“Read by _____” or “Performed by _________” )
    3. 500 Edition and history (“Unabridged.”
    4. 500 Physical description (“Compact discs”)
    5. 500 Series information (“Series numeration from author’s website”)
    6. 520 Summary
  • Add genre heading if missing: 655 07 $a Audiobooks. $2 lcgft

Originally published on October 12, 2012.


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