Repeatable 004 was disallowed by MARBI after a discussion of underlying
issues. Some felt that linking at the record level is not logical for a
true bound-with, where the connection of the titles is physical but not
bibliographical. (Many titles are "published with," but it would be hard
to enforce a distinction.) Unquestionably, repeatable 004 does not work
in all cases. In a small minority of cases (items of a title published
within disparate, individually cataloged volumes of another title) it is
not possible to link using the 004.
It was argued at the time that systems must allow duplication of
barcodes, since the logical link for bound-withs is at the item level. So
this is something the you or your system user group needs to discuss with
the vendor. If you do adopt an interim solution against standards out of
necessity, it would be advisable to document every use carefully so that
the records may be corrected when an alternate solution becomes available.
Best of luck,
Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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On Fri, 27 Oct 2000, Amy Stults wrote:
> Our library is beginning to create MARC Holding records for all materials,
> including monographs. When we purchased the software segment to do this,
> our vendor told us that we could tie together bibliographic records for
> bound-withs and analytics by repeating the 004 control field. But the MARC
> documentation for Holdings Data says that the 004 field is not repeatable.
> If anyone can give me some ideas for dealing with these bound-withs without
> going against the MARC standard, I would appreciate it very much.
> Amy Stults
> Library, Technical Services
> Abilene Christian University
> ACU Box 29208
> Abilene, Texas 79699
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