Field definition and scope:

Field 008 contains fourteen character positions (00-13) that are positionally-defined data elements that provide coded information about the record as a whole or about data in field 153 (Classification Number).  Each character position must contain either a defined code or a fill character ( | ).

These coded data elements are potentially useful for retrieval and data management purposes.

Field 008 is NOT repeatable.

Guidelines for applying content designators:

Field 008 has no indicators or subfield codes.

For 008 character positions and codes, select a topic:

008/00-05  Date entered on file

008/06  Kind of record

008/07  Type of number

008/08  Classification validity

008/09  Standard or optional designation

008/10  Record update in process

008/11  Level of establishment

008/12  Synthesized number indication

008/13  Display controller

Input conventions:

Capitalization - Alphabetic codes are input in lowercase.

Field length - Field 008 should always consist of fourteen (14) character positions.

System-generated data elements - Data element 008/00-05 (Date entered on file) is usually system generated.  System generation of other 008 data elements depends upon the capabilities of an individual system.

See also:

Variable Control Fields