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Cataloging Audio Books

Purpose: These come as sets of: audiocassettes or sets of compact discs, or CD-ROMS or audiocassettes. They are a separate collection in the Listening Center.


  1. Pre-stamp = Audio Book
  2. Item location = olisa
  3. ITYPE (ty) = 112 (use ITYPE 70, if non requestable)
  4. MAT TYPE (b1) – the usual code for the format (0 cassette, 3 compact disk, 73 computer file – audio)
  5. When an item for an audio book is added to a bib record for another version (such as a print version) of the work:
    • Leave MAT TYPE = a for Sound, non-music. 
    • Add another 300 field for physical description of the audio book. 
    • Add a 511 field for the narrator (Audio Book narrated by …). 
    • Add a 700 field for the narrator.
  6. In item, insert an item message with the number of pieces.
  7. For each, use subject heading: 650 0 Audiobooks

Physical processing

  1. Spine label on container
  2. Call # label on each cassette
  3. Crack and peel bookplate inside container

NOTE: Pre-stamp Audio Books is two words. Subject heading Audiobooks is one word.

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