Tuesday, April 29, 2014

eBooks in library catalogs: Text-to-speech notation

My internship brought me to the Medford IMC, where I created records in the Follett-Destiny online catalog for Kindle eBook files. Once a record has been created, each school site with that title will be able to add copies to their catalogs.

Among eBooks purchased by participating sites, titles in the Big Nate graphic series proved a frequent choice. Other common acquisitions included Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy and Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games.

Some — but not all — of the eBook files have text-to-speech enabled. I would like there to be a notation in the eBook catalog records concerning this feature’s availability.

In the MARC 21 500s note fields, according to Library of Congress, I found a category I thought could be applicable when documenting text-to-speech capability: MARC 506, Restrictions on Access Note. Subfield code $a describes “Legal, physical, or procedural restrictions imposed on individuals wishing to see the described materials.”

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