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Appendix C - Multiscript Records

MARC 21 Community Information
October 2002

Describes and illustrates models for recording data in multiple scripts in MARC records. One script may be considered the primary script of the data content of the record, even though other scripts are also used for data content. (Note: ASCII is used for the structural elements of the record, and most coded data are also specified within the ASCII range of characters.) The general models for multiscript data that are followed with MARC 21 are described below.

Model A data in the regular fields is linked to the data in 880 fields by a subfield $6 that occurs in both of the associated fields. Specifications for field 880 are under that field; description of subfield $6 is in Control Subfields; specifications for character sets and repertoires for scripts are found in MARC 21 Specifications for Record Structure, Character Sets, and Exchange Media.

Although the data in the following records are taken from actual community information records, these records are included for illustration only and are not necessarily usable for community information purposes. The creator of the community information records is not specified in these sample records. Escape sequences are not included in the example records.


Example of a multiscript record that follows Model A. In this example, the language of cataloging is English (Latin script). However, the cataloging agency provides transliteration of the Latin script into Cyrillic script (Russian language).

040 ##$a***$beng$c***
066 ##$c)N
110 2#$6880-01$aHaven House.
270 ##$6880-02$aP.O. Box 50007$bPasadena$cCA$e91115$j213-681-2626 (24 hour hotline)
307 ##$6880-03$a24 hours a day, 7 days a week
520 ##$6880-04$aA residential shelter for women and their children who have been abused by alcoholic partners.
531 ##$6880-05$aWomen (18-64) with their children (0-18) who need shelter from physical and emotional abuse due to alcohol in family member;$bfrom $1.50/day (Residential) to $20.00/month (Group CNSL.);$ctelephone; no walk-ins.
546 ##$6880-06$aEnglish, Spanish
574 ##$6880-07$aPublic transportation. Call RTD: 818-246-2593
650 #0$6880-08$aBattered women.
650 #0$6880-09$aWomen’s services.
880 2#$6110-01/)N$a[Cyrillic script]
880 ##$6270-02/)N$a[Cyrillic script]$b[Cyrillic script]$c[Cyrillic script]$e[Cyrillic script]$j[Cyrillic script]
880 ##$6307-03/)N$a[Cyrillic script]
880 ##$6520-04/)N$a[Cyrillic script]
880 ##$6531-05/)N$a[Cyrillic script]$b[Cyrillic script]$c[Cyrillic script]
880 ##$6546-06/)N$a[Cyrillic script]
880 ##$6574-07/)N$a[Cyrillic script]
880 #0$6650-08/)N$a[Cyrillic script]
880 #0$6650-09/)N$a[Cyrillic script]


Example is a multiscript record that follows Model B. In this example, the language of cataloging is English (Latin script), thus the notes, subjects, etc. are in English. The name of the community event is a mixture of both Hebrew and Latin scripts.

040 ##$a***$ceng$d***
245 #0$aThe Life of [Hebrew script]:$bA Literary Review about Moses
270 1#$aBlessed Sacrament Catholic Church$k437-2247
307 8#$aOct. 10, 2000, 4 p.m.
440 #0$aThe Literary Bible program
511 ##$aA lecture/demonstration by Betty Brown, biblical scholar and writer.
520 8#$a"The Life of [Hebrew script]: A Literary Review about Moses” examines several original texts describing the life of Moses. Includes a detailed discussion about the Hebrew language and its importance to the written canon of Moses’ life.
531 ##$bGeneral admission.
600 10$aMoses (Biblical leader)

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