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2.9. Videos

An item cataloger should always evaluate the format and features when selecting a record to attach their video item. Is the disc in hand a DVD or Blu-ray format? Is it widescreen or not? What special features are included? What is the publication date and publisher? These factors can constitute a significant difference in content and determine how items should be cataloged.

Ideally, videos should be cataloged on a bibliographic record that corresponds to the UPC of the item(s) and based on the information for that particular publication and packaging. However, movie publishers create many different promotional packages and combinations that do not always suit the circulation preferences of the purchasing library. Cataloging different formats (such as DVDs and Blu-Rays) on the same or different records affects the way that these items are able to circulate. If both DVDs and Blu-rays are cataloged on the same record, patrons who place holds on that record may get either disc format. This can be upsetting for patrons who may be expecting one format and get the other.

A library system that wishes to catalog and/or circulate materials differently than they are packaged by publishers should follow these standards:


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