a. Definition:

AACR2 defines a distributor as "an agent or agency that has exclusive marketing rights for an item." The distributor makes the serial available to the public in cases where the publisher is not in a position to do so. For users of the catalog record who are interested in obtaining the publication, the distributor data can be key information. Distributors may be commercial in nature or may be associated with a government agency or other type of issuing body. Examples of distributors are the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. G.P.O., and the National Technical Information Service (NTIS).

b. Recording the name of a distributor:

Record the name of the distributor in a separate statement when given in the item (AACR2 1.4D6). Capitalize the first word in the statement (AACR2 A.7B1). If the name appears without words explaining the function of the body, supply the word "distributor" in brackets after the name (AACR2 1.4E1/RI). (6) Example:

See also:

10.2. Publishers and distributors