Marc tag 245 subfield order

I do a lot of non-book cataloguing and wanted to share the following cheat sheet.

Subfields $n and $p precede subfield $h:
$a Title proper. $n Part number, $p Part title $h [GMD]  : $bother title information

Subfield $n data follows a period (.).
Subfield $p data follows a period (.) when it is preceded by subfield $a, $b or another subfield $p. Subfield $p data follows a comma (,) when it follows subfield $n.

n.n If there are two subfield $n and are being displayed concurrently, they are separated by a period (.)

p.p. If there are two subfield $p and are being displayed concurrently, they are separated by a period (.)

n,p If a subfield $p follows a $n subfield it is preceded by a comma (,)

p.n If a subfield $n follows a $p subfield it is preceded by a period (.)

Do not omit initial articles from the title of a part or section recorded in subfield $p.

If a part title transcribed in subfield $p is distinctive and meaningful, record it also in a variant title field 246.

Initial articles are omitted from tag 246. The second indicator value of tag 246 is 0 for a portion of the title.

Example:

245 14  0 $a The phonics basic skills workbook. $n Part 1, $pReading readiness$h [videorecording] : $b preparing for kindergarten.

246 30  0 $a Reading readiness$h [videorecording] : $b preparing for kindergarten

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3 responses to “Marc tag 245 subfield order

  1. Pingback: 245 Marc tags « Three Catalogers Walk Into a Blog

  2. The MARC 21 Format provides an example that violates your order:

    245 00$aLove from Joy :$bletters from a farmer’s wife.$nPart III,$p1987-1995, At the bungalow.

    (Source: http://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/bd245.html)

    This makes perfect sense as the $b refers to the Title proper $a and not the part $p, which the other order might lead the reader to think. However, UNBIS practice and some other examples place the $b at the end. Is the aforementioned example an anomaly or error?

  3. I was referring to non-book material where a GMD in a $h is present.

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