Cataloging of Audiovisual and Other Special Materials

RDA Edition, 6th Edition

by Bobby Bothmann


Learn how to adeptly apply new RDA guidelines and best practices to the time-consuming task of cataloging of audiovisual (AV) and special materials in your library's collection.

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January 2022

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 336
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Organization of Information and Knowledge Management/Cataloging and Classification
  Organization of Information and Knowledge Management/Descriptive Cataloging
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Overcome the challenges of organizing nonprint and electronic resources while adhering to the latest RDA (Resource Description and Access) standards with these proven strategies for media such as cataloging sound recordings, films, video games, maps, kits, electronic resources, and two- and three-dimensional objects.

As more and more media surface for information and entertainment, libraries continue to seek solutions for making AV materials easily accessible to their patrons. For more than three decades, this comprehensive guide has been essential for helping librarians organize a multitude of formats, including audio recordings, films, video games, maps, kits, electronic resources, and two- and three-dimensional objects. Recently updated, this resource now features the latest Resource Description and Access (RDA) guidelines as well as new information to address the needs of larger collections.

Each chapter begins with a discussion of the general problems a particular content delivery method presents, followed by the applicable RDA guidelines. Facsimiles of source material—with appropriate coding/tagging, subject headings, and call numbers—appear throughout the work as helpful reference points. New content includes the construction and use of relationship access points and cataloging large sets of MARC (Machine-Readable Cataloging) records.


  • Describes most recent RDA rules for the most common types of nonprint materials in library collections
  • Illustrates how to encode RDA descriptions and access points using MARC 21 conventions
  • Covers the following formats: books, cartographic resources, moving images and video games, audio recordings, music, graphic materials, two- and three-dimensional objects, kits, microforms, electronic resources, and continuing resources
  • Shows how to apply the new cataloging guidelines to various mediums
Author Info

Bobby Bothmann is metadata and emerging technologies librarian in library services at Minnesota State University, Mankato, as well as an adjunct cataloging instructor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Previously, he served as chair of the cataloging and metadata management section for the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, and as treasurer and president of Online Audiovisual Catalogers, among other offices. Bothmann has received several awards, including the American Library Association's Esther J. Piercy Award in 2007 and the Graduate of the Last Decade Award from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009. He holds a Master Degree in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a Master of Science from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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