In our library, we've noticed lately a lot of raw-looking RDA info from MARC records that shows up in the user interface. Our head of tech services translated the gibberish for the librarians, and we are now considering what to do with it. (The example and her excellent translations follow at the end of the message.) When I first saw the RDA info in the OPAC, I assumed it was a mistake - that a field accidentally got unhidden.
It seems to me that we should either suppress the RDA info or we should have library systems (e.g. OPACs) that turn the gibberish into human-intelligible text. Has anyone attempted to do the latter?
Because there are so many possibilities, it would be a substantial undertaking to build and maintain a "translator". I'm imagining that we as a community might undertake to build an open-source dataset that provides generic translations, and that the platform-dependent groups of us (III users, Ex Libris users, etc) might build little JQuery scripts or whatever to integrate the tranlations into the user interfaces.
Does this make sense? Is it just silly and we should suppress the data?
What think you all?
xvi, 219 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
What this means:
The form of communication through which a work is expressed.
336 text txt rdacontent The rda content is text (abbreviated by txt)
translation: content is expressed by text
Media type reflects the general type of intermediation device required to view, play, run, etc., the content of a resource.
337 unmediated n rdamedia The rda media is unmediated (abbreviated as [blank]
translation: you do not need anything other than your eyes to access the text
Carrier type reflects the format of the storage medium and housing of a carrier in combination with the media type (which indicates the intermediation device required to view, play, run, etc., the content of a resource). Field 338 information enables indication of more specific carrier types and carrier types from various lists.
338 volume nc rdacarrier The rda carrier (abbreviated as c) is volume
translation: the text is stored in a volume (ie, monograph)
SO, a DVD record would look like this:
1 videodisc (approximately 152 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
two-dimensional moving image tdi rdacontent
video v rdamedia
videodisc vd rdacarrier
336 two-dimensional moving image tdm rdacontent = projected medium, ie movie
337 video v rdamedia = you need a some sort of video player to access the content of this movie
338 videodisc vd rdacarrier = the movie is stored on a dvd