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340  Physical Medium (R)

Input Standards

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Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards
ǂa Material base and configuration (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂb Dimensions (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂc Material applied to surface (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂd Information recording technique (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂe Support (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂf Production rate/ratio (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂh Location within medium (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂi Technical specifications of medium (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂj Generation (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂk Layout (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂm Book format (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂn Font size (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂo Polarity (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂ0 Authority record control number or standard number (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂ2 Source (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂ3 Materials specified (NR) Required if applicable /Required if applicable

Definition

Physical description information for an item that requires technical equipment for its use or an item that has special conservation or storage needs. Coded physical information is contained in a 007 Physical Description Fixed Field (See the field 007  Introduction).

Repeat field 340 for each subfield ǂ3.

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Undefined. The 1st indicator position is undefined and contains a blank ( blank character ).

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2nd Indicator

Undefined. The 2nd indicator position is undefined and contains a blank ( blank character ).

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Subfields

 
ǂa Material base and configuration

The material base (physical substance) and configuration on which the information is recorded. Material bases include acetate, canvas, clay, film, glass, vellum and wood. Configurations include cartridge, chip, dot, fiche, globe, and sheet, and audio-, magnetic-, micro-, ultra-, and videotape.

340     marble.
[The medium is for a sculpture.]
ǂb Dimensions

The measurements of the material configuration (e.g., 35 mm. for film, 90 minute for cassette tape, 4" x 6" for microfiche and 12 inch for sound disc).

340     parchment ǂb 20 cm folded to 10 x 12 cm
ǂc Material applied to surface

The physical substance applied to the material base (e.g., ink, oil, paint, tempera or a specific photographic emulsion such as albumen).

340     ǂ3 self-portrait ǂa rice paper ǂb 7" x 9" ǂc colored inks ǂe none ǂh between entry for April 7 and April 19, 1843.
ǂd Information recording technique

The means or technique used to record the information in or on the material base (e.g., cut, embossed, molded, pressed, punched, thermofax and x-ray).

340     ǂd handwritten ǂd typed.
ǂe Support

The physical material on which or in which records are mounted, bound or otherwise supported.

340     canvas ǂb 30 x 57 cm ǂc colored oil-based paints ǂe wood.
ǂf Production rate/ratio

The normal rate or ratio at which the information in the material must be used to be meaningful (e.g., inches per second for tape recordings, magnification ratio for photographic reductions, revolutions per minute for recordings and scale for maps).

340     ǂ3 case files ǂa aperture cards ǂb 9 x 19 cm ǂd microfilm ǂf 48x.
ǂh Location within medium

The location of the described materials within the material base and configuration (e.g., band, page, track and frame number).

340     glass ǂb 45 x 15 feet ǂd embedded ǂe lead ǂh center panel.
ǂi Technical specifications of medium

Access requirements involving technical equipment.

340     paper tape ǂd punched ǂi Ibord Model 74 tape reader.
ǂj Generation

The relationship between an original carrier and the carrier of a reproduction made from the original (e.g., a first generation camera master, a second generation printing master).

340     ǂj original ǂ2 rda
340     ǂj printing master ǂ2 rda
ǂk Layout

The arrangement of text, images, etc., in a resource.

340     ǂk double sided ǂ2 rda
ǂm Book format

The result of folding a printed sheet to form a gathering of leaves (e.g., a sheet folded once to form a folio, twice to form a quarto, three times to form an octavo).

340     ǂm folio ǂ2 rda
340     ǂm 4to ǂ2 rda
ǂn Font size

The size of the type used to represent the characters and symbols in a resource.

Font size may be expressed in general terms (e.g., large print), or by specifying in addition the dimensions of the type measured in points (e.g., 20 point).

340     ǂn giant print (36 point) ǂ2 rda
ǂo Polarity

The relationship of the colors and tones in an image to the colors and tones of the object reproduced (e.g., positive, negative).

340     ǂo positive ǂ2 rda
ǂ0 Authority record control number or standard number

For information about subfield ǂ0, see Control Subfields.

ǂ2 Source

Identification of the source of terms when they are from a controlled list.

340     ǂk double sided ǂ2 rda
ǂ3 Materials specified

For information about subfield ǂ3, see Control Subfields.

340     ǂ3 case files ǂa aperture cards ǂb 9 x 19 cm ǂd microfilm ǂf 48x.

Indexing

For indexing and searching information, see Searching WorldCat Indexes, field 340.

This page last revised: July 27, 2016