First indicator - Display constant controller

0  No display constant generated

1  Cast

Second indicator:

#  Undefined


a  Participant or performer note (NR)

6  Linkage (NR)

8  Field link and sequence number (R)

NOTE:  See MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data (511 Participant or Performer Note) for code definitions not given below.


Field 511 is used for notes that give information about the participants, players, narrators, presenters, or performers.  In general, an on-screen narrator is recorded in field 511 and a voice-over narrator in field 508 (Creation/Production Credits Note).  For serials, field 511 is primarily used for sound recordings and videorecordings.

Display constant

The introductory term Cast: may be system generated as a display constant associated with the field tag.

First indicator - Display constant controller

0    No display constant generated.

When a display constant is not desired, use value "0".

511 0# Commentators: Gregory P. Johnstone, Stephen W. Ireland, Clay M. Powell, J. David Watt.

511 0# Narrators: Nora Rawlinson, 1986-

1    Cast.

When the display constant "Cast:" is desired, input value "1".


$a  Participant or performer note.

511 0# Presenter: India today.

$6  Linkage.

For instructions on the use of subfield $6, see field 880.

Related fields, etc.

508, Appendix N

511 Participant or Performer Note  (MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data)

See also:

5XX  Note Fields

Variable Data Fields

Section E.  MARC 21 Format for Serials as Applied Within CONSER

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