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When to use this manual: 

This manual should be used when the cataloger is cataloging a group of materials that would benefit more from a collective or group description, than a single-item (more book-like) approach. It may have a finding aid or may not. The cataloger will have to make this decision, always noting that if a "list" or finding aid is necessary to fully describe the items to assist the reader to call for the proper materials, a finding aid should be produced. The cataloger should also be aware that the materials are end-processed with labels that are generated using the cataloging records produced. If item numbers are assigned to a small collection, but there is no finding aid, then the end-processing section will have no way to generate labels. This manual will also be used when a preliminary box-list is produced as a finding aid. 

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