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Since this is a developing field, there is not much literature on cataloging board games in libraries. However, we were able to find existing catalog records for board games, so we decided to do some modified copy cataloging.
Elon University Catalog Entry for Ticket to Ride: Europe
The College of St. Scholastic’s Record for Ticket to Ride: Europe
Based on the examples we found and AACR2 Ch. 10, we cataloged this similar title:
What is the difference between an edition and a version?
Nordic Countries indicates a different version of the original Ticket to Ride game. We chose to catalog this as a separate title rather than an edition because the board and cards are different than the original.
Title and Statement of Responsibility (MARC 245)
Ticket to ride [game]: Nordic countries / Alan R. Moon
Often games do not list an individual creator – should the statement of responsibility then include the publisher? Our conclusion: According to AACR2 Chapter 10, the chief source of information is the container, so if an individual creator is not listed on the box, the publisher should be listed under the statement of responsibility. However, if the name of an individual creator is known through some other source, a cataloger might choose to include that information in brackets.
Game titles often change hands among the corporate entities that publish them. Because the chief source of information is the container, if a company sells the rights or gets bought out, the cataloger should still use the information on the box. Additional information could be placed in brackets or in a notes field as needed.
Players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes and pass through tunnels and onto ferries, as they connect cities throughout the Nordic Countries.
The cataloger must choose a description that will be most helpful for patrons from the extensive text on back of box. If the box lacks a summary, the information might be found inside the box or created by the cataloger.
One record we found included “Board games” as a second genre. Another example place “Board games” under subject headings, MARC 650. We liked this better. A key consideration in cataloging any game should be including the type of game, such as card game, board game, video game, etc. In reviewing records for video games, we found that the platform or console, such as “Xbox” was sometimes included under Edition.
Neither example we found included any other subject headings, but given the time for more detailed cataloging, we might choose to include headings related to the content of the game, such as geography or trains. This would become more important to facilitate searches if a library’s game collection was large.
This is a link to the rules for the game. The 856 field is reserved for electronic location and access. Neither catalog had this web address in brackets; however we feel that since it was not from the “container” it should be bracketed.
More and more games are created in series, and a single title might include items in several genres. A board game might have a related card game, book, television show, video game, or movie. As more games are cataloged in libraries, a FRBR approach might serve patrons best.
Gorman, N., & Winkler, P. W. (Eds.). (1978). Anglo-American cataloging rules (2nd ed.). Chicago: American Library Association.
The guidelines for cataloging games are found in Chapter 10 Three-Dimensional Artefacts and Realia .
Carol Grotnes Belk Library. (n.d.). Carol Grotnes Belk Library . Retrieved November 8, 2008, from Elon University: http://www. elon . edu/e-web/library/find/findhome .xhtml
The College of St. Scholastica. (2008). CSS Library . Retrieved November 8, 2008, from The College of St. Scholastica Library: http: //mnpals . css . edu/F ?RN=612293312& func=file &file_name=basic
These two catalogs apply different labels to their fields and display them in different orders, but examination of their MARC records revealed nearly identical cataloging practices for games. We suspect they both represent copy cataloging of a record from the same source.