Music Cataloging at Yale RDA

Content, media, and carrier type (RDA 6.9, 3.2, 3.3 & MARC 336-338)
Note: this page was created with music cataloging in mind.

Three new fields (336, 337, 338) collectively replace the general material designation (GMD) (245 ‡h):
     ° Content type (RDA 6.9; MARC 336)
     ° Media type (RDA 3.2; MARC 337)
     ° Carrier type (RDA 3.3; MARC 338)
     ° Examples

AACR2
RDA
GMD (245 ‡h) content (336) media (337) carrier (338)
score: 245 ‡h [music] notated music unmediated volume or sheet
compact disc: 245 ‡h [sound recording] performed music audio audio disc
volume
sheet
= one or more sheets bound or fastened together to form a single unit
= RDA definition: a flat piece of thin material (paper, plastic, etc.)
= music-specific definition: a single sheet of notated music
source: Significant changes for cataloging music: AACR2 vs. RDA by Daniel Paradis, Concordia University

(6.9) Content type (MARC 336)
Content type is the form of communication through which the content is expressed and the human sense through which it is intended to be perceived.
(6.9.1.2) Sources of Information
Take information on content type from any source.
(6.9.1.3) Recording content type
Record the type of content contained in the resource using one or more of the terms listed in 6.9.1.3. [See music-specific content types below.]
     ° Record as many terms as are applicable to the resource being described.

Record content type as a separate element, as part of an access point, or as both.

If none of the terms listed in table 6.1 apply to the content of the resource being described, record other.
If the content type(s) applicable to the resource being described cannot be readily ascertained, record unspecified.
Content type is coded in the 336 field
In bibliographic records: The form of communication through which a work is expressed.
     ° Used in conjunction with Leader /06 (Type of record), which indicates the general type of content of the resource.
     ° Enables expression of more specific content types and content types from various lists.
In authority records: The form of communication through which a work is expressed
     ° Enables expression of content types from various lists when the authority record is for a title or name/title.

Indicators
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Subfields
‡a = content type term Content type of the work being described
Take the term from the first column at Term and Code List for RDA Content Types
   ° music specific: notated music, performed music; tactile notated music; moving image
‡b = content type code Code representing the content type of the work being described
Take the code from the second column at Term and Code List for RDA Content Types
Notated-music and sound-recording specific codes for 336/‡a & ‡b and /06:
RDA content type (336/‡a) MARC codes for RDA terms (336/‡b) Leader (/06) codes  
notated music ntm c or d
performed music prm j
‡2 = source MARC code that for the source of the term or code used to record the content type information:
   ‡2 rdacontent
‡3 = materials specified Part of the described materials to which the field applies
Sources: MARC 21 for bibliographic data and authority data

If more than one term is appropriate, give each term in a separate 336 field OR use the term representing the predominant or most substantial content.

Best practices for music cataloging, draft: If deemed useful for identification and access, record content type(s) associated with accompanying material that is described in 500 note.
Books or scores issued with audio/video carriers:
     Encode in a separate 336 fields. Also code a 006 field.
     Example:
     006 jsynn############n
     336 text ‡2 rdacontent
     336 performed music ‡2 rdacontent

Audio/video carriers with substantial accompanying volume of text (insert, booklet, etc.):
     Encode in a separate 336 fields.
     Example:
     336 performed music ‡2 rdacontent
     336 text ‡2 rdacontent

If a score contains significant textual matter (e.g., critical commentary, libretto, preface), give "text" in a separate 336 field.
Do not give "text" in a separate 336 field merely to represent words that underlay the notated music.

(3.2) Media type (MARC 337)
Media type is the general type of intermediation device required to view, play, run, etc., the content of a resource.
(3.2.1.2) Sources of Information
Use evidence presented by the resource itself (or on any accompanying material or container) as the basis for recording media type. If desired, take additional evidence from any source.
(3.2.1.3) Recording media type
Record the media type using one or more of the terms listed in 3.1.2.3. [See music-specific media types below.]

Alternative: If the resource being described consists of more than one media type, record only
     ° the media type that applies to the predominant part of the resource (if there is a predominant part)
     or
     ° the media types that apply to the most substantial parts of the resource (including the predominant part, if there is one) using one or more of the terms listed in table 3.1, as appropriate.

If none of the terms listed in table 3.1 apply to the media of the resource being described, record other.
If the media type(s) applicable to the resource being described cannot be readily ascertained, record unspecified.
Media type is coded in the 337 field
In bibliographic records: Media type reflects the general type of intermediation device required to view, play, run, etc., the content of a resource.
     ° Used as an alternative to or in addition to the coded expression of Media type in field 007/00 (Category of material).
     ° Enables indication of more specific media types and media types from various lists.

Indicators
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Subfields
‡a = media type term Term for the category of media used to convey the content of the resource
Take the term from the first column at Term and Code List for RDA Media Types
   ° music specific: audio, video, computer, unmediated
‡b = media type code Code for the category of media used to convey the content of the resource
Take the code from the second column at Term and Code List for RDA Media Types
Notated-music and sound-recording specific codes for 336/‡a & ‡b and 007/00:
RDA media type (337/‡a) MARC codes for RDA terms (337/‡b) MARC media codes (007/00)  
unmediated (score) n t
audio s s
‡2 = source MARC code that for the source of the term or code used to record the media type information:
   ‡2 rdamedia
‡3 = materials specified Part of the described materials to which the field applies
Sources: MARC 21 for bibliographic data

(3.2.1.3) If more than one term is appropriate, record the media type that applies to the predominant part of the resource, or to the most predominant part of the resource, or to the most substantial parts of the resource

Scores: use the term "unmediated" when the resource can be perceived directly through one or more of the human senses without the aid of an intermediating device. This will apply to books and notated music that can be read by the human eye.

(3.2.1.3) Recording media type for:
Recordings: use the term audio for media used to store recorded sound, designed for use with a playback device such as a turntable, audiocassette player, CD player, or MP3 player. Includes media used to store digitally encoded as well as analog sound.

Best practices for music cataloging, draft: Follow LC-PCC PS. Record media type associated with the primary content of a resource in all cases.

If feasible, record media type associated with any accompanying material that is described in 300 ‡e or in a separate 300, as follows. Record multiple instances of media type in separate 337 fields:
Books or scores issued with audio/video carriers:
     Encode in 337 and 007/00.
Audio/video carriers with accompanying volume (insert, booklet, etc.):
     Encode in 337.
(3.3) Carrier type (MARC 338)
Carrier type is the format of the storage medium and housing of a carrier in combination with the type of intermediation device required to view, play, run, etc., the content of a resource.
(3.3.1.2) Sources of Information
Use evidence presented by the resource itself (or on any accompanying material or container) as the basis for recording carrier type. If desired, take additional evidence from any source.
(3.3.1.3) Recording carrier type
Record the type of carrier used to convey the content of the resource using one or more of the terms listed in 3.3.1.3. [See music-specific carrier types below.]
     ° Record as many terms as are applicable to the resource being described.

Alternative: If the resource being described consists of more than one carrier type, record only
     ° the carrier type that applies to the predominant part of the resource (if there is a predominant part)
     or
     ° the carrier types that apply to the most substantial parts of the resource (including the predominant part, if there is one) using one or more of the terms listed below, as appropriate.

If none of the terms listed apply to the carrier type(s) of the resource being described, record other.
If the carrier type(s) applicable to the resource being described cannot be readily ascertained, record unspecified.
Carrier type is coded in the 338 field
In bibliographic records: The form of communication through which a work is expressed.
     ° Enables expression of content types from various lists when the authority is for a title or name/title.

Indicators
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Subfields
‡a = carrier type term Term for the category of carrier used to convey the content of the resource
Take the term from the first column at Term and Code List for RDA Carrier Types
Music specific:
   ° notated music: volume, sheet
   ° audio: audio cartridge, audio cylinder, audio disc, audio roll, audiocassette, audiotape reel,
      sound-track reel
   ° video: video cartridge, videocassette, videodisc, videotape reel
‡b = carrier type code Code representing the category of carrier used to convey the content of the resource
Take the code from the second column at Term and Code List for RDA Carrier Types
Notated-music and sound-recording specific codes for 338/‡a & ‡b and 007/01:
RDA carrier terms (338/‡a) MARC codes for RDA terms (338/‡b) MARC unmediated carrier codes (007/01)
volume (score) nc none
sheet (score) nb none
RDA carrier terms (338/‡a) MARC codes for RDA terms (338/‡b) MARC audio carrier codes (007/01)
audio cartridge sg g
audio cylinder se e
audio disc sd d
sound track reel si i
audio roll sq q
audiocassette ss s
audiotape reel st t
other [recording] sz z
‡2 = source MARC code that for the source of the term or code used to record the carrier type information:
   ‡2 rdacarrier
‡3 = materials specified Part of the described materials to which the field applies
Sources: MARC 21 for bibliographic data

If more than one term is appropriate, record the carrier type that applies to the predominant or most substantial parts of the resource

Don't confuse carrier type with extent (MARC 300 ‡a), as they have some terms in common:

carrier type extent
audio disc
audiocassette
audiotape reel
audio disc(s)
audiocassette(s)
audiotape reel(s)

Best practices for music cataloging, draft: If feasible, record carrier type associated with any accompanying material that is described in 300 ‡e or in a separate 300, as follows.
Record multiple instances of carrier type in separate 338 fields:
Books or scores issued with audio/video carriers:
     Encode in 338 and 007/01.
Audio/video carriers with accompanying volume (insert, booklet, etc.):
      Encode in 338.

Examples of content, media, and carrier type coded in the 336, 337, and 338 fields:
book:
336 __ text ‡b txt ‡2 rdacontent
337 __ unmediated ‡b n ‡2 rdamedia
338 __ volume ‡b nc ‡2 carrier

score:
336 __ notated music ‡b ntm ‡2 rdacontent
337 __ unmediated ‡b n ‡2 rdamedia
338 __ volume ‡b nc ‡2 carrier

score (1 unnumbered leaf):
2013560306
336 __ notated music ‡2 rdacontent
337 __ unmediated ‡2 rdamedia
338 __ sheet ‡2 carrier

recording:
336 __ performed music ‡2 rdacontent
337 __ audio ‡2 rdamedia
338 __ audio disc ‡2 carrier

score and accompanying recording, using ‡3:
2013568122
336 __ notated music ‡b ntm ‡2 rdacontent
336 __ ‡3 CD ‡a performed music ‡2 rdacontent
337 __ unmediated ‡b n ‡2 rdamedia
337 __ ‡3 CD ‡a audio ‡2 rdamedia
338 __ volume ‡b nc ‡2 carrier
338 __ ‡3 CD ‡a audio disc ‡2 carrier

book and accompanying recording:
2012465727
336 __ text ‡2 rdacontent
337 __ unmediated ‡2 rdamedia
338 __ volume ‡2 carrier
336 __ performed music ‡2 rdacontent
337 __ audio ‡2 rdamedia
338 __ audio disc ‡2 carrier


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