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Re: Microforms cataloging -- Frank Sadowski Stephen Clark 22 Apr 2002 13:50 UTC

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Subject: Re: Microforms cataloging -- Laura Salmon
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 09:36:18 -0400
From: "Frank Sadowski" <>
To: <>

Laura,  We have hundreds of thousands of microform records, so I can
give you a quick how-to summary: Basically, catalog the original serial
item in the usual fields, and add a 533 field for the microform
information.  That's a little too brief, but it gives you the right
idea.  OCLC's Bibliographic formats and standards has a nice section
(3.2) on cataloging microform reproductions.  It's rather clear and easy
to follow.

I would strongly suggest (=request) that you do catalog them on OCLC.
As you know, those records help both other librarians, and those we
serve.  Don't forget the folks who could use those city directories to
trace their family.

Have fun!  ...  Frank
Frank E. Sadowski Jr.
Principal Cataloger
River Campus Libraries
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

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Subject: microforms cataloging
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 11:24:42 -0400
From: Laura Salmon <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Organization: ASCPL-TS

Happy Friday.

I got a bunch of microform city directories from our archives
 They want to have them on our computer with full bib records, which
a problem.  What our department is not sure of is how to handle the
cataloging.  First, is there another source that discusses cataloging
microforms besides AACR2?  Second, we were leaning to handling them as
serials since we handle city directories that way.  Third, we were
discussing the pros and cons of putting cataloging records on our
system and not on Worldcat.  We thought of doing the cataloging this
since we got a bunch of tapes with sporadic years of directories for
city on them, and we don't want to cause any confusion or overlap on

My supervisor asked me to post this question to the listservs to get a
better idea of how other libraries are handling these kinds of
collections.  To date, we don't have any microforms on our catalog at
 Any and all help would be appreciated.


Laura Salmon
Librarian (Cataloger)
Akron-Summit County Public Library
Akron, Ohio

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