MARC for Archival Description

Certificate Eligibility: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
1 day
Max Attendees: 

This course covers the details involved in expressing archival description in the MARC bibliographic format. Learn about the various aspects of the MARC bibliographic format and the application of DACS in the MARC format.


Your instructor will address all aspects of the MARC format, including fixed fields, main and added entries, subject added entries, and descriptive fields. The course includes hands-on exercises and the construction of a MARC record, discussion of the utility of MARC in the descriptive framework, and identification of resources available for assisting in the construction of MARC records.

Learning Outcomes: 
Identify the MARC bibliographic format and specific MARC fields and subfields relevant to archival description.
Apply DACS content and authorized forms of names to form a MARC record that represents archival collections.
Who Should Attend: 

Archivist practitioners who want to create records in another format (MARC) that allows archival description to be expressed in an environment where other formats are also described

What You Should Already Know: 

In which to get the maximum benefit from this class, you should first take Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and/or Forming Names According to RDA: Part 1.

A&D Core Competency: 
1. Arrangement: Understand the process of organizing materials with respect to their provenance and original order to protect their context and facilitate access.
2. Description: Analyze and describe details about the attributes of a record or collection of records to facilitate identification, management, and understanding of the work.
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