Good morning Constanta,
I can assure you that your English is very much better than my Romanian :-)
Yes, the values for the indicators in certain MARC21 fields are designed to
be very important for information retrieval.
For example, the 'Non-filing characters' indicator values in the 245 and 440
are meant to provide indexing instructions that tell a library automation
system how many characters of the title to skip before beginning to file or
index that title in a 'browse' index. This allows an indexing module to skip
initial articles in a title, such as "The", "An", "A", "Al", "O", "Un",
"Unei", "Unui", etc., so that the title can be searched by the first word
following the initial article.
As another example, the "Title added entry" indicator values in the 245 and
the "Note/added entry controller" values in the 246 are designed to control
whether or not the titles in those fields are indexed.
Other indicator values, are designed to affect displays instead of
retrieval, e.g., in the 505, 520, 521 fields.
You are correct that some library automation systems ignore these
indicators, but the indexing and displays in most of the MARC21-based
library automation systems can be set up by individual libraries to
correctly use the indicator values in the ways that they are designed to be
We definitely teach our workshop students about the proper use of all
indicator values, in the hope that they will return to their libraries and
make certain that the indicators are being imput properly in their catalog
records and used properly by their library automation systems.
P.S. A few weeks ago, I was teaching 2 of my workshops not very far away
from you, in Kaunas, Lithuania; for LABT a Consortium of libraries that are
switching to using AACR2 and MARC21. It was a wonderful experience and the
Lithuanian librarians that I met were very impressive (and very nice)
MARC Database Consultant
The MARC of Quality
Voice/Fax: (321) 676-1904
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> From: Discussion List for issues related to cataloging &
> metadata education & training [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> Behalf Of Constanat Dumitrasconiu
> Sent: Friday, July 11, 2008 1:32 AM
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> Subject: Re: [eduCAT] Teaching 440 obsolete, use 490/830
> Good morning!
> I am Constanta Dumitrasconiu and I am chief of Cataloguing
> Dept. from Central University Library of Bucarest, Roumanie.
> I am associate professor at University of Bucarest. I pursue
> with interest all the discussions from educat list because
> at my faculty (Librarianship and Information Science) teach a
> MARC format - UNIMARC.
> If you allow me, I would want to ask you if the values of
> indicators are very important, for your programms, in
> information retrieval?
> I saw that some programms find the informations even if they
> not assign correct the values of the indicators.
> Excuse-me, please, for my audacity to ask you and excuse-me,
> please, for my poor English!
> Thank you very much,
> Constanta Dumitrasconiu
> Central University Library of Bucharest, Romania Cataloguing
> 1 Boteanu Street, 010027, Bucharest
> Phone: 312 0661/244
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Deborah Fritz" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 9:21 PM
> Subject: [eduCAT] Teaching 440 obsolete, use 490/830
> It is my understanding that MARC Proposal No. 2008-07 was passed, to:
> - Make Field 440 obsolete
> - In field 490, redefine the first indicator value "1" to
> "Series traced in
> 8XX field."
> Offically, this does not take effect until the next MARC
> Update comes out
> (which might be in Oct, or will be sometime thereafter); however, I
> understand that a number of catalogers have stated their intention of
> immediately ceasing to use 440 and beginning to use 490 1/830
> for series
> statements/series added entries.
> This means that records will soon start appearing on OCLC and in Web
> accessible catalogs with a 490 series statement traced the
> same as the 830
> series added entry, possibly causing some copy catalogers who
> are possibly
> less in-the-know than those of us keeping up with the latest
> cataloging 'gossip' to wonder what is going on. But this is
> just an aside,
> not my main concern.
> We, at TMQ, welcome this change and believe it will be
> considerably less
> difficult to teach series treatment done this way. However,
> it has always
> been our policy to only teach concepts when we can point to
> some official
> (or at least semi-official, or at the very least somewhat reputable)
> readily available instructions or guidelines for reference.
> As far as I can gather, the only 'official' announcement
> regarding this
> change in procedure will be the MARC Update and the
> subsequent change to
> the MARC21 Format manual, in Oct or later. (Might there be an
> LCRI, even
> though LC no longer makes series added entries?)
> So my question is whether we should wait until the 'official'
> has been made before teaching the new series treatment, or
> begin teaching
> it immediately?
> We will be teaching 19 workshops before the end of Oct that
> are affected to
> a small or large degree by this change.
> What are all you other Educatters doing?
> Deborah Fritz
> The MARC of Quality
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