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Coding Illustrative content in MARC 340 $p

  • 1.  Coding Illustrative content in MARC 340 $p

    Posted Mar 19, 2021 09:00 PM
    We are going to be discussing whether we will start coding 340 $p for illustrative content.  RDA gives several options for recording this element:
    Record a term in the singular or plural, as applicable.
    Record an uncontrolled term or a term that is transcribed from a source of information.
    Record an appropriate term from the RDA Illustrative Content vocabulary encoding scheme:
         coat of arms
         facsimile
         form
         genealogical table
         graph
         illumination
         illustration
         map
         photograph
         plan
         portrait
         sample
    LC recently announced the addition of the code "rdaill" for illustrative content terms from RDA (https://www.loc.gov/marc/relators/tn210226src.html).
    I tested whether OCLC Connexion would accept the new code and found that it can be used now, e.g.  340 ## $p illustration $p map $2 rdaill
    What I am wondering is whether the use of the code is restricted to terms in the singular from the RDA Illustrative Content vocabulary encoding scheme, or whether because RDA says that you have the option to record a term in the singular or plural you can also use the $2 code with plural terms.
    Has anyone started recording 340 $p?  If you use the terms found in the vocabulary encoding scheme, should they be recording in the singular with $2 rdaill, or is it permissible to record plural terms even though the VES terms are in the singular?

    Adam L. Schiff
    Principal Cataloger
    University of Washington Libraries


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    Adam Schiff
    Principal Cataloger
    University of Washington Libraries
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  • 2.  RE: Coding Illustrative content in MARC 340 $p

    Posted 29 days ago
    If you are encoding an RDA vocabulary in a MARC 21 Bibliographic 340 subfield and identifying it as such, then you need to use the term as found. The RDA VESs are controlled vocabularies, just like any other source of authoritative terms.

    If you are recording the term in a 300 $b subfield, then this is not tied to a specific vocabulary and the plural version of the RDA term could be used.

    As to the options under "Recording" in the element "illustrative content", the RSC will soon evaluate which of these should remain in this location vs. moving them under "unstructured description".

    Kathy


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    Kathryn Glennan
    Head, Cataloging & Metadata Services
    University of Maryland Libraries
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  • 3.  RE: Coding Illustrative content in MARC 340 $p

    Posted 29 days ago
    Thanks, Kathy.  That is what I thought regarding using $2 with MARC 340 $p.

    Adam

    Adam L. Schiff
    Principal Cataloger
    University of Washington Libraries
    (206) 543-8409