MBLN Cataloging Service

Prior to requesting a Record

Members should request a MARC record from the cataloging service after:

  1. Searching the MBLN database (Polaris) by:
    1. ISBN or other standard number
    2. Title
    3. An appropriate keyword search, such as author last name and a title word
  2. Confirming that an appropriate record is not there.

How to request a record

  1. E-mail a request to Ken Pristash
  2. Include the information listed below for the type of material you have. Add any additional information that is relevant.
  3. Send no more than 10 titles per message. This will allow for a quicker response and a more balanced workflow. You may send more than one message per day, but every effort to balance the work load over time would be appreciated.
  4. Each message should be for the same material type (e.g. books, CDs, DVDs, audiocassettes), again to allow for a quicker response.

 

Information to send for different kinds of material

Monograph / Books that have an ISBN

  • ISBN (either ISBN-10 or ISBN-13, no need to send both)
  • Author or Editor
  • Title & Subtitle
  • Publisher

Monograph / Books that have NO ISBN

  • Author or Editor
  • Title & Subtitle
  • Edition
  • Publisher
  • Date(s)
  • LCCN (if available)

Serials (Annuals, etc.)

  • ISSN
  • ISBN (if there is no ISSN)
  • Author or Editor
  • Title & Subtitle

Music Recordings (as much information as you have)

  • UPC (ALL 12 numbers—the 1st and 12th are usually to the left and right of the barcode)
  • Publisher’s #
  • ISBN
  • Composer(s) (for classical music)
  • Principal Performer(s)/Performing Group (for popular music)
  • Title & Subtitle
  • Publisher
  • Date(s)
  • Format (i.e., CD, audiocassette, etc.)
  • Number of discs or tapes

Spoken Recordings (as much information as you have)

  • UPC (ALL 12 numbers—the 1st and 12th are usually to the left and right of the barcode)
  • Publisher’s #
  • ISBN
  • Author:
  • Title & Subtitle:
  • Publisher:
  • Date(s)
  • Format (i.e., CD, audiocassette, etc.)
  • Number of discs or tapes

Video Recordings (as much information as you have)

  • UPC (ALL 12 numbers—the 1st and 12th are usually to the left and right of the barcode)
  • Publisher’s #
  • ISBN
  • Author or Principle Performer
  • Title & Subtitle:
  • Publisher:
  • Date(s)
  • Format (i.e. DVD, videocassette, etc.)
  • Number of discs or tapes

 

MBLN Cataloging contact information

Ken Pristash
Bibliographic Services
Metro-Boston Library Network c/o Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St., Boston MA 02116
617-859-2388
kpristash@bpl.org