Follow the rules in DCRM(B) areas 0-6 and 8.  Abridge the description wherever possible as allowed by the rules.  It is not necessary to make the notes usually considered required.


Optionally, add any additional elements in accordance with institutional policy.  In particular, consider adding one or more of the following, each of which can significantly enhance the value of minimal-level DCRM(B) records for identifying rare materials:

references to published descriptions in standard bibliographies (see 7B14), particularly when the source cited provides more detailed information than the minimal-level bibliographic record

the required notes called for in DCRM(B) (a complete list of required notes may be found in the Index under "Required notes")

one or more local notes describing provenance, copy numbering, imperfections, binding, or any other information that will allow the bibliographic record to describe the particular copy in hand with sufficient precision to indicate the institution’s ownership of that particular copy

optional notes based on reliable dealers' descriptions accompanying the item being described

LC Rare Book Team Guidelines:  Rarely exercise option; rarely make optional notes.


Minimal-level cataloging policies often eliminate or simplify additional areas of the bibliographic record such as subject headings, classification, or other access points.  This appendix does not address such questions, but users of DCRM(B) may also wish to streamline these areas according to local needs, taking into consideration the effect that such policies will have on special files for printers, binders, bindings, genre/forms, provenance, and the like.

See also:

Appendix D:  Minimal-Level Records