For Books, Electronic Resources, Sound Recordings, Videorecordings, and Serials

by Deborah A. Fritz


2nd Edition

Published by the American Library Association

Completely revised and updated

This manual brings together the cataloging rules, various sources of rule interpretations, and the USMARC coding standards for the five types of materials covered.

This is the third update, but the first complete revision of Cataloging with AACR2R and MARC since its initial publication in 1998.  Most of the revisions are to incorporate changes from the 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 amendments to AACR, LCRI, and CONSER, and to MARC21 updates from 1999-2003.  However, all chapters have also been reviewed, revised, and in some cases, reorganized for clarity.

The goal of ‘CWAM’ (pronounced See-Wham) has always been to give the cataloger facing a MARC record on a computer screen (or a blank template/workform) a place to start.  This book is the outcome of the author’s many years of workshops on MARC cataloging, and the inevitable feedback and follow-up research entailed by this activity.

CWAM provides instructions, including step-by-step ‘Cheat sheets’, on searching for records and matching them to items in-hand.  CWAM is also organized as a reference manual, so that you can quickly locate:

The largest section of the manual is Chapter 3, which pulls the AACR2R rules and MARC coding standards together, in tag order for easy reference.

Review (First edition)

TechKnow v. 4, issue 1 (Spring 1998) p. 3, by Maurer, Margaret (the newsletter of the Technical Services Division of the Ohio Library Council)