October 14, 2004
Physical Description for PDFs
There is a discussion on the OLAC list right now about whether and how to provide a physical description (300 field) for PDF files, which are usually e-books. Until the most recent set of updates to AACR2, records for Internet resources could not include a 300 field, but now it's allowed.
If you are cataloging remotely-available PDFs, and you would like to include a 300 field, please do it according to the following example:
300 |a 1 electronic text (ix, 139 p.) : |b PDF file.
I will incorporate this into e-book cataloging procedures when I get around to finishing them.
Questions? Contact Stacie.