Since September, I have been immersed in the world of games and learning. I co-wrote a successful grant application to create a library-based Center for Games and Learning.
The project is being funded through a Sparks Ignition! Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
One of our first challenges has been to decide how to catalog the games. I located this presentation on SlideShare. We have decided to catalog the games as Three Dimensional Objects (Artifact) and use the following MARC fields:
- MARC 245 Title Statement
- MARC 260 Publication, Distribution, Etc.
- MARC 300 Physical Description
- MARC 500 General Note
- MARC 508 Creation/Production Credits
- MARC 520 Summary, Etc.
- MARC 521 Target Audience
- MARC 650 Topical Term
- MARC 655 Index Term—Genre/Form
There are many other fields that we could use, but we decided to keep it as simple as possible. We decided not to interfile the games and instead, create a separate collection for the Center for Games and Learning. Due to this, we will not be assigning a Library of Congress Classification to them, but will instead by shelving the games in alphabetical order. We also created a material type of “board games.”
For the Center for Games and Learning we are also working on a website that will be live in the next few months. The project is still in its infancy and I will be sharing more about this project in upcoming blog posts.
Do any LITA blog readers have board games in your libraries? If, so what MARC fields do you use to catalog the games?