Thu Nov 17 10:58:26 NZDT 2005
> There are also various other data fields I'm not sure where to
> put. Bibliographic data about authors, short book review blurbs,
> awards each book has won, text from the back of the book, type of
> material (novel, screenplay, poem, etc: not the regular MARC
> types), genre, urls for books/authors/series, author pseudonyms,
> quotes from books/authors/series, and a few others. Any idea how
> to fit these into MARC?
This is the part I am most familiar with, Scott, so here we go:
1. I'm not 100% certain what you meant by "bibliographic data about
Normally, bibliographic data about authors is covered in the 100 and 700
fields and is limited to the establishedt forms. (N.B.: $g subfield is not
normally used for adding publicly available information.)
If you mean, however, having additional information -- something I've never
seen proposed but I applaud your enthusiasm! -- I should think you could use
a 500 General Note or adapt a particular 59x note and establish its function
in that way as local usage.
Although I was taught that the 545 note, Biographical or Historical Data,
was mainly used for archival collections, if you meant offering a
bibliography of the author's/authors' works, perhaps you could use that
field for it. Its first indicator even allows for the distiniction of
Associated (0) and Related (1) materials.
2. "... short book review blurbs ..."
That's easily a 520 $a, first indicator "1" (Review).
3. "... awards each book has won ..."
Your basic 586.
4. "... text from the back of the book ..."
Often provided as (part of) a 520. In what I have experienced, usually there
is only a very brief 520 given for works of fiction, often just providing a
sketch of the plot or a little added info about the book. 520 is a repeating
field, so you could have more than if you want (you keener, you).
5. " type of material (novel, screenplay, poem, etc: not the regular MARC
In the few cases where I've seen this done -- and I do think it can be very
helpful as the GMD and even SMD categories aren't often clear enough for
people and the actual coding for these aspects is limited to a near-dozen
encoded categories in position 33 of the 008 field (for book materials
anyway)-- it was **simply with a 500 note.**
Again, you could get fancier and prescribe a local use for one of the 59x
I think I've also seen 653 used for this function. You could also probably
use the 655 for your added types of materials.
6. "... genre ..."
655 is for Index Term--Genre/Form, so genre should go here. (I don't think
I've ever seen it used for Form though).
7. "... urls for books/authors/series ..."
On the cataloguing listserv AUTOCAT that I used to follow religiously, there
was a significant discussion of this and the end recommendation was to make
use of an appropriate 5xx note in addition to the 856 (specifically, at that
time, discussion was on using 530 (Additional Physical Form Available Note)
and 856 for cases where there was an online version available) to ensure
that, if a patron weren't able to follow the link for whatever reason, there
was sufficient information displayed for them to be able to track it down.
If you choose not to do that, you will probably want to use 856 first
indicator 2 (Related Resource), $3, as recommended in the LC MARC-21 tag
description, to characterise further "the relationship between the
electronic item identified in field 856 and the item represented by the
bibliographic record as a whole". You might well make use of the $z Public
note subfield as well. Again, the whole idea is to make it crystal clear for
the patron what the relationship is. You could hyperlink to pages with
whatever additional information you thought useful.
On another note (pardon pun), someone was asking me recently whether, if you
did a search for a particular work, say by title, whether the author (and
other, e.g. subject, possibly title, fields) would come up in Koha as
'hyperlinked', if there were other works by that author. This is something
that Voyager does and it is very handy for patrons and staff alike.
8. " ... author pseudonyms ..."
Usually, these are handled by authorities, quite often without disclosure to
patrons in the OPAC. Some ILS use authorities embedded into 900 tags. NLC
seems to make fairly frequent use of 900 for alternate forms of the main
author's name. Perhaps that tag would do for you as well.
9. " ... quotes from books/authors/series ..."
I can't quite see the point of going this far, Scott, but you could handle
it through 500, 520 (if from the book) or 5xx notes, or even by an 856
linking to quotation pages.
10. "and a few others."
If you want to write in with the rest, or send them to me off listserv, I'll
be glad to tackle them, Scott.
Hope the present material helps.
Steven F. Baljkas
library tech at large
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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