Catalogers may apply the minimal-level standard to any rare materials described using DCRM(B).  DCRM(B) minimal-level records are especially appropriate when faithful and accurate descriptions are desirable, the provision of subject and other access points is not necessarily important, and abridged transcriptions and fewer notes are acceptable.

A minimal-level cataloging policy is best kept simple.  Complex rules for omitting or shortening a variety of record elements would require catalogers to devote time to learning these new rules, thereby eliminating a portion of the intended gains in time and expense.  In addition, tampering with the full description provided by DCRM(B) areas 0-6 and 8 would negate the very purpose of using DCRM(B) for description of rare materials.  The conclusion then is that eliminating notes accomplishes much of the purpose of minimal-level cataloging because it saves considerable time while not unduly limiting access.  Bibliographic records following this approach will, in most cases, still identify the books being described and distinguish them from similar editions or issues.

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Appendix D:  Minimal-Level Records