“The quality of summary notes found in online bibliographic records varies greatly …” An understatement, that quote from the Introduction! This document from OLAC is a good orientation to the principles of creating and revising summary notes. Though prepared with AV materials in mind, it’s also useful for summaries for children’s books.

Summary Notes for Catalog Records (OLAC Cataloging Policy Committee, Summary/Abstracts Task Force, August 2002)

As with the other OLAC resources I’ve cited, the URL has changed since we prepared our handouts for our last Technical Services Tips & Tricks presentation; so if you derived a bookmark from those, you should update it.


Confused by the different regional codes for DVDs?  Trying to figure out what exactly Blu-Ray is?  Any questions about DVDs you could probably think of, including some you didn’t can be answered at the DVD FAQ from DVD Demystified.  This incredibly in-depth guide is currently being updated to include even more information about Blu-Ray DVDs.

Now that you’ve figured out what you have, now how do you catalog it?  Luckily, OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers) has just published a guide entitled:  Guide to cataloging DVD and Blu-Ray discs using AACR2 and MARC21.