Below is an example of a book done in a card catalog style of display. Each area of information is shown in the correct order and with the required punctuation.
Kao, Mary Liu.
Cataloging and classification for library technicians / Mary L. Kao. --
2nd ed. -- New York : Haworth Press, c2001.
1. Cataloging -- United States. 2. Classification -- Books.
The MARC record below shows the same record, but contains the additional areas that are possible with the computerized format. This includes two ISBN numbers, the symbol for the cataloging library, both LC and Dewey call numbers, and local information in the 9XX section relating copy information and the history of this item at the library.
008 000502s2001 nyu b 001 0 eng
925 0 $aacquire$b2 shelf copies$xpolicy default
955 $ato HLCD pc1405-02-00; lh38 to subj. 05-05-00; lf14 HLCD/Rom subj. to SL
05-05-00; lk02 05-08-00; to Dewey 05-08-00; aa20 05-09-00$aps02 2001-07-05
bk rec'd, to CIP ver.$flk50 2001-08-29
010 $a 00033548
020 $a0789010623 (alk. paper)
020 $a0789010631 (pbk. : alk. paper)
050 00$aZ693.5.U6$bK36 2001
100 1 $aKao, Mary Liu.
245 10$aCataloging and classification for library technicians /$cMary L. Kao.
250 $a2nd ed.
260 $aNew York :$bHaworth Press,$cc2001.
300 $a145 p. ;$c22 cm.
490 1 $aHaworth cataloging & classification
504 $aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 139-140) and index.
650 0$aCataloging$zUnited States.
830 0$aHaworth series in cataloging & classification.
As noted, this MARC record has two entries for ISBN number (020 field). This is because many times the MARC record is made for a title issued by a particular publisher, but whether that book is published in hardback or paperback doesn’t matter. As long as the number of pages is consistent and the size of the book doesn’t change, the record will be correct. Sometimes a MARC record will need to be edited if it was created for a hardback, and the paperback is a different size or has different pagination. It is important to pay attention to these details, so that they can be adjusted when the record is copied and before the information is downloaded into the library catalog. It is frustrating to staff members and patrons to be looking on the shelf for a large hardback when the item is a smaller paperback. Any MARC record that is obtained by a library should be carefully compared to the item in hand before being entered into the catalog, to be sure that all of the physical description information is correct.
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