590  Local Note (R)


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Input Standards

1st Indicator  Privacy
blank character  No information provided
1 Not private
2nd Indicator  Undefined
blank character  Undefined
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards
a Local note (NR) Mandatory/Mandatory
3 Materials specified (NR) Optional/Optional
8 Field link and sequence number (R) Optional/Optional


A note of local interest. Field 590 is not part of the standard MARC format. Use field 590 for notes you judge to be inappropriate or unnecessary for the master record. Use for notes pertaining only to the copy of the item located in your institution (e.g., accessions information, local holdings or receipt dates). Generally, use other note fields for notes applying to all copies of an item.

1st Indicator

blank character No information provided. Fields with the first indicator blank ( blank character ) will not be retained in the master record, but will be included in the displayed record, the exported record, the institution record, and the user's archive record.
Private. Fields with the first indicator will not be retained in the master record institution records, but will be included in the exported record and the user's archive record. Note: If field 590 is coded with 1st indicator , the field is visible in the displayed record only during the session in which it was input.
1 Not private

2nd Indicator

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


a Local note The entire text of the note.
590     Bound with the author's A Connecticut yankee in King Arthur's court.
590     Copy 2 autographed by composer.
590     Data set name: MACPEE.
590     Labels reversed on library's copy.
590     Library's copy imperfect: record 2 missing.
590     Library's copy imperfect: upper left corner missing.
590     Library's copy lacks Appendexes, p. 245-260.
590     Library's set lacks sheets 9-13.
590     Library's copy lacks slide 4.
590     Purchase price: $325.00, 1980 August.
590     Reference card lacking.
590     Tipped in the author's A Connecticut yankee in King Arthur's court.
3 Materials specified The part of the described materials to which the field applies.
8 Field link and sequence number Data that identifies linked fields and may also propose a sequence for the linked fields. Subfield 8 may be repeated to link a field to more than one other group of fields. You are responsible for creating and maintaining the link (The system does not create or maintain these links). The structure and syntax of subfield 8 is:
590     8 [linking number].[sequence number]\[field link type]

Note: Subfield 8 is defined differently in field 852, where it is used to sequence related holdings records.

Subfield 8 has three parts:

The linking number is required. It occurs in subfield 8 in all fields to be linked (fields containing the same linking number are linked).

The sequence number is optional and preceded by a period (.). It is used to indicate the order in which the linked fields display (lower sequence numbers display before higher ones). If used, it must occur in all subfields 8 containing the same linking number.

The field link type is required and preceded by a reverse slash (\). It is a code indicating the reason for the link and it follows the linking number (or sequence number, if present). Field link type is required except when subfield 8 is used to link and sequence 85x-87x holdings fields. These are the valid codes:

a (Action). Used to link one or more fields with another field to which the processing or reference actions relate. This code is typically used only when there is more than one 5xx field that relates to another 5xx field.

c (Constituent item). Used in a record for a collection or a single item consisting of identifiable constituent units, to link the fields relating to the constituent units. All other non-linked data elements in the record pertain to the collection or item as a whole.

r (Reproduction). Used in a record for a reproduction to identify fields linked because they contain information concerning only the reproduction. Other descriptive information in the record pertains to the original (with the exception of field 007 (Physical Description fixed field), fixed field Form, field 245 subfield h (Title Statement / Medium), and field 533 (Reproduction Note)).

x (General sequencing). Used in a record to make a link between fields to show a sequence between them. The sequence could be one that orders the pieces of a long field that has been broken up, indicates the relative importance of fields within the sequence, or is used for some other sequencing purpose. Use of the sequence number in subfield 8 is required when this code is used.


Field 590 prints as a note. Your printing profile determines printing specifications. See " 5xx Introduction" for more information.

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