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Title

RDA Display and the General Material Designation: An Innovative Solution

Publication Title

Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Publication Date

6-18-2014

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/01639374.2014.902893

Keywords

Resource Description and Access (RDA), catalog indexing, catalog display, catalog design, descriptive cataloging, General Material Designation (GMD), carrier type, hybrid records

Disciplines

Cataloging and Metadata | Library and Information Science

Abstract

This article describes a simple and innovative solution, for libraries using MARC-based Integrated Library Systems (ILS), to compensate for the removal of the General Material Designation (GMD) from individual Resource Description and Access (RDA) bibliographic records in public displays. The solution is both a textual and visual one, based on the development of a text/icon combination, with an icon generated from the MARC leader code for material type, and then associated with the text from MARC tag 338, Carrier Type. The solution will work for all Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition (AACR2) and hybrid records as well.

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