RDA Vocabulary Encoding Scheme for Manifestation: Type of Binding

17 September 2020 

RDA Vocabulary Encoding Scheme for Manifestation: Type of Binding.

Gordon Dunsire, Technical Team Liaison Officer;
Ebe Kartus, Wider Community Engagement Officer.

The element Manifestation: type of binding was added to the RDA element set during the 3R Project, with the definition “A method used to bind a published or unpublished manifestation”.

A paper discussion at the October 2020 RDA Steering Committee (RSC) meeting.

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2 Responses to RDA Vocabulary Encoding Scheme for Manifestation: Type of Binding

  1. Ryan Tamares says:

    Comment from AALL:

    The first example marks the awareness that some manifestations ONLY differ in how they are bound and that unpublished tend to have lower number of items and thus have one type of binding generally. The document suggests that to go further along these lines, as far as specificity of description elements, is out of scope. If an unpublished manuscript that had more than one item AND contained more than one type of binding, this piece of information would be very important to a specific group of users interested in the binding information for reasons related to potentially, the nature of such a thing with different bindings and that different bindings MAY represent a wildly varied provenance for manifestations in such a select and rare set of items. In this case, that group would be VERY interested in binding differences.

  2. Kathryn Lybarger says:

    Listing all the types of binding could result in a pretty long list. I thought of a few more possibilities offhand:
    * pamphlet binding
    * post or screw binding
    * stapling (i see saddle-stitch on here, but it could just have a single staple in the corner)
    * tape binding
    * unbound (like a stack of pages in a folder or envelope)

    and that’s before even getting into weird ones like dos-à-dos binding or accordion books. Might consult another group (maybe PARS?) to compile a fuller list.

    The section on boundwiths says “The new manifestation is treated as an unpublished manifestation which may not have the carrier type “volume” and therefore no value for the type of binding.” Does this mean a boundwith *possibly* doesn’t have the carrier type volume, or that it definitely isn’t a volume? What would it be?

    It’s interesting to see board books on this list of bindings as well — while there are books that have hardback and board book editions, there are usually other differences such as dimensions and often abridged content. While you could record a board book binding for a board book, I think it would be less useful as an optional relative boundary between manifestations given the other differences.

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