Character position definition and scope:

The Entry map character positions contain four computer-generated, single-digit numeric characters that indicate the structure of each entry in the Directory.

Users typically do not have access to these Leader positions; the Entry map is automatically generated by the system.

National Level Requirement for Leader/20-23:  Mandatory.

Positions:    Description:

Leader/20     Length of the length-of-field portion.  A character that indicates how many character positions will be used in a Directory entry to store the length of a variable field.  In MARC 21, the length-of-field portion of each Directory entry is always 4 character positions in length; Leader/20 always contains a 4 (system-generated).

Leader/21     Length of the starting-character-position portion.  In MARC 21, the starting-character-position portion of each Directory entry is always 5 character positions in length; Leader/21 always contains a 5 (system-generated).

Leader/22     Length of the implementation-defined portion.  This character is produced by some automated systems and is only defined for that system.  In MARC 21, a Directory entry does not contain an implementation-defined portion; Leader/22 always contains a zero (0) (system-generated).

Leader/23     Undefined.  In MARC 21, this character position is undefined; Leader/23 always contains a zero (0) (system-generated).

For information on other Leader positions, select:


See also:

MARC 21 Format for Authority Data:  Contents