general material designation

n. (GMD, abbr.)DescriptionA broad category of the material being described that, optionally, is included in the title of a cataloging record.


Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (1.1C) specifies the following categories for use as a general material designator: art original, art reproduction, braille, chart, computer file, diorama, filmstrip, flash card, game, globe, kit, manuscript, map, microform, microscope slide, model, motion picture, music, picture, realia, slide, sound recording, technical drawing, text, toy, transparency, and videorecording.