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Area 0 errata

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  • Rule numbering and titles taken from DCRM(B) first printing 
  • Module code in parentheses before rule number indicates location of original text to be changed; module code after description of needed change indicates that the change has been made in that module; module code after plus "n/a" means change has been verified as not applicable to that module
  • Because subsequent printings are based on an entirely new text supplied by BSC but Cataloger's Desktop is updated manually, there is occasionally a discrepancy between print and online that is to be noted and CD to be given the correction
  • Additions to text are shown underlined; deletions are shown struck through
  • Codes:
    • B, B1, B2, B3, B4 = Books, first through fourth printings; "not done" indicates that the intended change was inadvertently not made 
    • C = Cartographic
    • G = Graphics
    • M = Music
    • MSS = Manuscripts
    • S = Serials
    • CD = Cataloger's Desktop


General Rules


0B1. Required elements

  1. (B) 2nd bullet: "date of publication, distribution, etc." (S) (G n/a) (C)(B3v)(MSS n/a)(M)


0C. Chief source of information

  1. Add text: Transcribe information found in the chief source of information. If information is not available from the chief source of information, transcribe it from any prescribed source of information (see 0D).


0C1.1. The chief source... 

  1. (B)(S) Deleted "or, if there is no title page, the source from within the publication that is used as a substitute for it" because situations with no title page are covered under 0C3 (C)(G n/a)(MSS n/a)(M)(B4)


0C. Chief source of information

  1. See discussion at 0D; whether there should be text here and what it should say is unresolved 2019-01-19


0C2. Multiple title pages

  1. (B) Last paragraph: Replace "Indicate in a note" with "Make a note indicating" (S)(G n/a)(C; cf. 0C3)(MSS n/a)(M)(B3v)


0C3. No title page 

  1. (B) Penultimate paragraph: Replace "Indicate in a note" with "Make a note indicating" (Added to errata by S, but found in S on Catalogers Desktop as of 2010.06.26) (G n/a) (C; cf. 0C4)(B3v)(MSS n/a)(M)


0D. Prescribed sources of information

  1. (B1) Replace "Do not transcribe any information that is not present in the list of prescribed sources for that area" with "Do not transcribe any information not present in a prescribed source for that area" (B2)(S)(M)(MSS n/a)(M)
    1. In G, per discussion with G editors in consultation with Deborah J. Leslie, and John Attig, moved the sentence from 0D to 0C and re-phrased as "Transcribe information found in the chief source." Reason: instruction is about chief source (i.e. information from the chief source should be transcribed, not paraphrased, abbreviated, or replaced with supplied/devised information), not about prescribed sources (e.g., transcription doesn't enter into physical description) (G)(C: followed G's lead, but reworded "chief source" to "chief source of information")(MSS n/a)(M)(B4: deleted sentence from 0D, but did not add anything to 0C; see "Issues DCRMB4" page)


0E. Prescribed punctuation 

  1. (B1) 2nd paragraph: Replace "in these rules" with "of these rules" (S)(G)(C)(M)(MSS)(M)(B3v)


0F1.1. (Language) In the following areas...

  1. (B1) Bullet items should be lower-case (G)(C)(M)(MSS cf. 0F1.2)(M)(B3v)


0F1.2. (Language) Give interpolations into these areas...  

  1. (B1)(S) Add 1E5 to examples of exceptional rules [Approved by BSC 2011.01.24, see change to 1E5, below] (G)(C)(MSS n/a)(M)(B3v)


0G1.1. Letters and diacritics.  

  1. (B1)(S) 1st paragraph: ...Convert earlier forms of letters and diacritical marks to their modern form (see Appendix G2). If the source uses a gothic typeface that does not distinguish between uppercase I and J or between uppercase U and V, and there is no need to convert the letters to lowercase (see 0G2.2), transcribe them as I and V respectively, even though the actual letterforms will more closely resemble a modern J and a modern U (see Appendix G4.1). In most languages... [approved by BSC 2011.06.25] (B3v)(C)(G)(M)(MSS; "gothic typeface" changed to "writing convention" and "even though" changed to "even if")
  2. (B1)(S) Insert example: Source: | [image] || Transcription: | Vnspotted Iacob | (Comment: Source uses a gothic typeface that does not distinguish between the letterforms I/J or the letterforms U/V) (B3v)(C)(G)(MSS n/a)(M)


0G2.1. General rule.

  1. (G) Convert letters to uppercase or lowercase according to the rules for capitalization in Appendix C and AACR2, Appendix A. (MSS) (C)(M)(B4)



0G2.2. Letters i/j and u/v Letterforms I, V, i, j, u, and v

  1. (B1)(S) Letters i/j and u/v Letterforms I, V, i, j, u, and v. If the rules for capitalization require converting I or V to lowercase, or iju, or v to uppercase, the letters i/j or u/v to uppercase or lowercase, follow the pattern of usage in the text to determine which letterform to use in the transcription. material being described.(8) If the source uses a gothic typeface that does not distinguish between the letters i/j or the letters u/v, transcribe the letters as i and v respectively.[approved by BSC 2011.06.25] (B3v) (C)(G)(MSS)
  2. (B1)(S) Footnote 8: For information on early printing as it pertains to the transcription of IJU,Viju, and v i/j and u/v, and guidance on how to determine the pattern of usage, see Appendix G4. If any letterform of the letters is transcribed within the first five words of the title proper has been converted from I to j, from j to I, from V to u, or from u to V in converted form, provide... (B3v)(C)(G)(MSS) (Note: B3 in Cataloger's Desktop has "of the title" rather than "of the title proper"; was the word "proper" inadvertently deleted during preparation of B3?) [DJL] yes
  3. Music: 0G2.2. Letterforms I, V, I, j, u, and v. If the rules for capitalization require converting I or V to lowercase, or i/j or u/v to uppercase, apply the following table: (Music often does not have any text from which you can formulate any patterns)


0G3.1. (Punctuation) General rule. 

  1. (B1) Close parentheses in boxed comment (B2)(G)(C)(M n/a)(MSS n/a)(B3v)


0G3.2. Apostrophes.  

  1. (B1) Use straight apostrophe in first example (G)(C; but probably won't keep example)(MSS n/a)(M n/a)(B3v)


0G4.3. Variant spellings. 

  1. (B1) Add footnote "If the variant or archaic spellings occur in the first five words of the title proper, provide additional title access for the form of the title with the spacing inserted (see Appendix F)." (S)(G)(C)(M)(MSS)(B3v)



  1.  (B) New section; text moved from 0G10.-0G10.3.; see below 0G10. Initials, etc. (B4) 


0G5.2. Information not considered part of any area. 

  1. (B)(S) Replacement text from June 20, 2013, DSG meeting: Information not considered part of any area. Omit from the transcription, without using the mark of omission, grammatically separable information not considered part of any area. Such information may include pious invocations, quotations, devices, announcements, epigrams, mottoes, statements of privilege, prices, etc. If such information is a grammatically inseparable part of an area, however, transcribe it as such. If considered important, give the omitted information in a note. ["statements of privilege" added per discussion of DCRM(C) DP3 at ALA Annual 2010; "prices" removed Aug. 4, 2013, b/c they technically do belong to an area, Area 8](G, with wording adaptations) (C)(MSS n/a but deleted "prices") (M)(B4, except "Statements of privilege" not added to B, nor was "prices" removed; see "Issues DCRMB4" page)


0G6.1. (Interpolations) General rule.  

  1. (B1) Add "Make an explanatory note, if considered important." (S)(G)(C)(M)(MSS)(M)(B3v)(B4: removed comma before "if" per general editorial conventions)


0G6.2. Conjectural and indecipherable text.  

  1. (B1) "... within the square brackets." (S)(G: This change seems to be in error, since "the" has to be there or the instruction would be to write "amico[rum][?]" instead of "amico[rum?]" when the "rum" is uncertain. EB 2010.06.26)(C: change not made; agree with EB)(M: this change has been made, but now "the" will be added back based on EB's excellent point. However, would suggest, for greater clarity: "...immediately after the bracketed interpolation, within the same square brackets)(B3v: kept as "within the square brackets")(MSS: kept as "within the square brackets")(M)


0G6.5. Adjacent elements within a single area.  

  1. (B)(S) Square brackets around supplied information will no longer enclose multiple elements within the same area, per ISBD Consolidated Thus the rule is now simply called "Adjacent elements" and it reads: "If adjacent elements within one area are to be enclosed in square brackets, each is enclosed in its own pair generally enclose them in one set enclose each element in a set of square brackets. If the square brackets are due to interpolations such as corrections or expansions (see 0G8.2, 4B3, 4B4, 4B5), however, use separate pairs of square brackets." (G) (C: but revised slightly to use imperative tense: "... enclose each in its own pair ...")(MSS n/a)(M)(B4)


0G6.6. Adjacent elements in separate areas.  

  1. (B)(S) Deleted entire rule because now covered by the new 0G6.5. (G)(C)(MSS n/a)(M)(B4)


0G8.2. If special marks of contraction...  

  1. (B)(S) "If the meaning of a contraction is conjectural or unknown, apply the bracketing conventions given in 0G6.2." (G)(MSS)(C)(M)(B4) 


0G10. Initials, etc.

  1. (B1, 2, 3)(S) Move the entire "0G10. Initials, etc." section (including 0G10.1 through 0G10.3) to become 0G4.4 (and 0G4.4.1 through 0G4.4.3) as approved by BSC in March 2012. Note that the PDF athttp://connect.ala.org/node/172881 incorrectly has the "Transcribe initials, initialisms..." section twice and the "Treat an abbreviation consisting of more than..." not at all. Also, this doesn't create cascading re-numbering because both come at the end of the sequence. (G)(C)(MSS)(M)(B4)

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