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006s of Wagnerian Proportions
Question: I’m looking at a 17-disc set concerning Wagner’s Ring cycle. The first 14 CDs are the operas. Discs 15-16 are a spoken word recording, namely Deryck Cooke spending 2 1/2 hours untangling aspects of the opera cycle, largely a discussion of the major leitmotifs and their transformations and use in the operas. (Your hear lots of 2- to 8-measure bits of the operas.) I’m thinking I should include field 006 for the spoken recording, since the 008 is for the musical recording. I’d have a Type “i”, but all the rest of it would be blank or not applicable, except for LTxt, which would be “l” (el) for lectures/speeches. Does it make sense to do this 006? I guess I’ve never thought about this before. I have accounted for it in 336. That’s just the warm-up question. My real problem is Disc 17. It is a self-proclaimed CD-ROM and contains five PDF files. Four are the librettos (in German with English and French translations). The fifth is a transcript of what is spoken on Discs 15-16, i.e., Deryck Cooke’s talk on the leitmotifs, with the audio bits of the opera represented by notation on 1 or 2 staves. Well, well, well … my computer disc contains mostly text. I’ve run into this before and in doing 006, have always chosen Type “m”, Computer File; Form “q”, Direct Electronic; and File “d”, Document. Today, for some reason, I carefully read the definition of Type “m”: “Digital material consisting of … [and a whole list of things.]”, but text is not mentioned. Meanwhile, up at Type “a”, I see that it covers “published textual electronic resources.” Hey, I should have been coding Type for the content (text), not the carrier (computer disc). Is that right? I also note up nearer the top of the page, under Special Guidelines, there is Electronic Resource: “Determine the form of content of the resource and code for that aspect.” Text is my content. (Yes, I have accounted for the CD-ROM in 33x and 347.) Thus 006 of Type “a”, Form “q”, File “d”. Is that correct? And I just noticed that if I try to insert 006 for a computer file and change Type to “a”, I get an error message, “Please enter a valid Type for this field.” Now what?
Answer: Regarding the CD-ROM with textual PDFs, were you to catalog it separately, the Type and 008 would reflect its textuality (Type “a”) and the 006 would be for the electronic aspects (Type “m”, Form “q”, File “d”). Because it’s part of this much larger resource (accompanying material-ish), two more 006 fields are appropriate, one for the textual content (Type “a”) and the other for the electronic aspects, as you’ve noted. You’ll also want to make all of this clear, with any system requirements, in notes, as appropriate. To answer your error message question, actually, you can leave the computer file 006 but also add another for Type “a”. Sounds as though you’ll end up with three 006 fields: Types “i”, “a”, and “m”.