Tip #162: Cataloging MP3 Audiobooks (AACR2)

A bibliographic record for a MP3 audiobook is very similar to a record for an audiobook on CD.

Differences are in the 300, 500, and 538 fields where the format is identified as MP3 and the system requirements are explained. A second 655 field is added to a MP3 bib record to further identify the record as for a MP3 recording.

The GMD for a MP3 record is [sound recording], the same GMD used for an audiobook on CD. Please follow AACR2 rules and do not customize the GMD into something like “sound recording, MP3”.

Patrons and staff can easily identify a MP3 record in the OPAC by looking at the 300 field. Most libraries also help their patrons spot MP3s by using call numbers like “MP3 CDBOOK” or “MP3 AUDIO”.
Here is a partial bib record (in correct field order) for a typical MP3 audiobook:

100 1_ |a Berenson, Alex.
245 14 |a The midnight house |h [sound recording] / |c Alex Berenson.
260 __ |a Prince Frederick, MD : |b Recorded Books, |c p2010.
300 __ |a 1 sound disc (11 hr.) : |b digital, MP3 ; |c 4 3/4 in.
538 __ |a System requirements: CD/MP3 player or PC with MP3-capable software.
511 0_ |a Narrated by George Guidall.
500 __ |a Unabridged.
500 __ |a Compact disc, MP3 format.
520 __ |a CIA agent John Wells is called in when a former agent and an army vet are gunned down. Tied to an interrogation squad that targeted the world’s most dangerous jihadists, the victims prove just the tip of the iceberg in a deadly case of global intrigue.
650 _0 |a Intelligence officers |vFiction.
655 _7 |a Audiobooks. |2 lcgft
655 _0 |a MP3 (Audio coding standard)
700 1_|a Guidall, George.

Originally published on January 11, 2013.

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