Tip #175: 007 Field Cheat Sheet for Sound Recordings on CD

The 007 field contains coded information about the physical characteristics of the material being cataloged. Evergreen catalogers mainly see 007 fields on bibliographic records for videos, sound recordings, and electronic resources. This field usually does not appear on MARC records for books.

The 007 is a fixed field, which means the contents are position dependent. In Evergreen, the subfield labels (|a, |b, |c, etc.) do not display. There are no indicators for the 007 field.

A typical 007 field for a sound recording looks like this in Evergreen:

007 __ sd fsngnnmmned

Note the space between the ‘d’ and ‘c’. That third position (subfield c) is undefined, so in order to keep all the codes in the correct slot, there has to be a blank space.

Here’s a cheat sheet for coding the 007 field for sound recordings on CD:

Subfield a = s
Subfield b = d
Subfield c = blank space
Subfield d = f
Subfield e = s if stereo; = m if mono; = u if unknown playback configuration
Subfield f = n
Subfield g = g
Subfield h = n
Subfield i = n
Subfield j = m
Subfield k = m
Subfield l = n
Subfield m = e
Subfield n = d if digital storage; = e if analog storage; = u if unknown capture and storage technique
Subfields f, j, k, l, and m are optional, so leaving them blank is okay. Just be sure to leave a blank space for the omitted coding. You can also ‘save’ the space by inserting a |, which means “no attempt to code”. An example of this would be: 007 __ sd fm|gnn|mneu

Originally published on April 12, 2013.


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