September 15, 2004
AACR2 Amendments 2004
The JSC website has a list of changes in the 2004 Amendments to AACR2, which have already been incorporated to the version on Cataloger's Desktop. Here's a summary of major rule changes affecting special formats:
- Maps: punctuation for dimensions has changed slightly (3.5D1). For any map where both the dimensions of the map and the dimensions of the sheet are given, the two dimensions should be separated by a comma:
1 map : both sides, col. ; 45 x 80 cm., on sheet 50 x 44 cm.
- Sound recordings and Video recordings: AACR2 (6.5B1, 7.5B1) now allows the option of using a "term in common use" as the specific material designation (e.g., "1 DVD" instead of "1 videodisc"). Please do not apply this option until there has been an official local decision on whether to use it. Until then, continue to use the prescribed SMDs.
- Electronic Resources: There is now an option to provide a physical description for remote-access electronic resources (9.5B3, 9.5C3). This might be especially useful for certain types of remote-access e-resources, such as images. Until a local decision is made, do not apply the option.
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