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4.1. MARC Tag Field Guide

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MARC Tag Field Guide
Created by: SPARK Cataloging Committee, 3/30/2020  |  Last Updated: 1/27/2021
 

General notes:

  • The purpose of this guide is to understand the components and evaluate the quality of a MARC record.
  • For further instructions on proper MARC coding, punctuation, and spacing, consult LOC’s MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data:  https://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/


Field

Indicators

Notes

007


Fixed fields.  Use Evergreen’s 007 “physical characteristics wizard” to select each value. See https://sparkpa.helpspot.com/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=439

008


Fixed fields.  Un-check “Flat Text Editor” to edit values.

010

\\

LCCN (Library of Congress Control Number)

020

\\

ISBN.  Mandatory if available.  Add q subfield as needed for format (ie, hardcover, paperback, trade)

  • Hardcover or Trade Paper may be on the same MARC record. 
  • Mass Market Paperbacks should be given their own MARC record.
  • Remove ISBNs for non-matching formats such as e-books, audiobooks, or large print.

024

1\

UPC.  Mandatory if available.

035

\\

OCLC number Do not edit or delete!  MARC records with OCLC numbers are assumed to be of high quality and should be preferred.

082

04

Bibliographic Call Number.  Displays in “Record Summary” section of OPAC display.  Do not remove or substitute with your local call number.

090
092
099

\\



Used (in other consortiums) for local call numbers.

  • Per SPARK policy, local call numbers should be indicated on the item-record level.
  • Do not list local call numbers in 09_ fields (or any other MARC fields).

100

1\

Main entry, personal name.  Author when applicable.  Editors do not belong in 100-tag.

110

2\

Main entry, corporate name.

245

1#

Title information.

  • # for nonfiling indicators: “A” = 2, “An” = 3, “The” = 4
  • Series information should not be included in 245. Use 490/830 fields to indicate series.
  • Per RDA regulations, $h[GMD] should not be included in 245.

246

3\

Varying form of title.  Optional.

250

\\

Edition statement.

260

\\

Publisher info (pre-RDA).

264

\1

Publisher info.  Add if missing, even if 260 field is already present.

  • $a = place of publication ; $b = publisher name ; $c = date of publication

300

\\

Physical description.

336
337
338

\\

RDA fields.  Use the values in SPARK’s MARC templates.

490

#\

Series statement.

  • #:  0 = series not traced ; 1 = series is traced
  • if series is traced, include a corresponding 8XX series field

500

\\

General notes.  May be deleted if clearly of no value, such as “Title from container”.

505

0\

Contents.

508

\\

Production credits.  Normally usually for audiovisual materials.

511

1\

Participant or performer.  Normally usually for audiovisual materials.

520

\\

Summary.  Unformatted information that describes the scope and general contents of the material.

521

#\

Target audience.

  • #:   \ = Audience  ; 0 = Reading grade level  ; 1 = Interest age level ;  2 = Interest grade level

526

0\

Study Program (ie, accelerated reader)

538

\\

System details note.

546

\\

Language note.

6__


Subject headings.

  • At least one subject heading field should be included.
  • Use authorized LOC subject headings (see https://authorities.loc.gov/).
  • Remove OCLC Fast Add headings.

600

10

Subject heading:  Person.

650

\0

Subject heading:  Topic.  Delete any fields with $2bisacsh

651

\0

Subject heading:  Geographic.

655

\7

Subject heading:  Genre/form.  For a list of authorized genre/form terms, consult: https://www.loc.gov/aba/publications/FreeLCGFT/freelcgft.html

700

1\

Added entry, personal name.  For secondary authors, narrators, actors, etc.-

710

2\

Added entry, corporate name.

830

\#

Uniform title series.

  • # for nonfiling indicators: “A” = 2, “An” = 3, “The” = 4
  • Subfield a = series title ; Subfield n = number of part ;
    Subfield p = name of part ; Subfield v = volume of part 

852

\\

Local holdings info.  Leave as is if found.

90_
91_


Local data.  Do not edit or remove.


 

The following tags should be deleted if found:

015


016

 

019

 

029

 

037

 

05_

Any tag beginning with “05”.

92_
through
99_

Any tag beginning with “92” or higher




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