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5.6. Monograph Parts or NOT

What is a monograph?   Search for a dictionary in your library's catalog to find out.  It's usually a written account, so not using it for DVD parts is a best practice. 


The cataloging committee advised the SPARK Community against the use of monograph parts because it creates problems for holds for all libraries that have items attached to the record. 
Example: If LIBS_US created monograph parts for the record for a DVD with multiple discs, any time anyone at any library places a title level hold on that record, they will be asked to select a part, even if they loan their copy as a set.  Holds for patrons fail when monograph part usage isn't clearly agreed upon.

When migrating, tell us how your items in sets, such as DVD series, are currently handled. 
The encouraged practice is to loan sets together, like friends would do, to allow maximum patron convenience and access and to require minimal handling for common requests to get them all in order. 
Locations who choose to circulate individual discs separately create individual bibliographic records for each disc (Example: Season 8. Discs 1 and then another for Disc 2, describing content and episodes accordingly on a record).

One decision made about monograph parts is about manga series records.  YCLS successfully uses monograph parts with those items and it works out nicely in that scenario. 

Who knows what the future holds for Monograph Parts.  It's open source after all.  

What is a monograph?   Search for a dictionary in your library's catalog to find out.  It's usually a written account, so not using it for DVD parts is a best practice. 




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