Character position definition and scope:

Six numeric characters specify the date the holdings report was first entered into machine-readable form.  The date is given in the pattern yymmdd (yy for the year, mm for the month, and dd for the day).  If only the year and month are provided, the date is left justified and each unused position contains a zero.

The date entered on file in 008/00-05 is never changed.  The date in 008/26-31 (Date of report) is changed each time the holdings information is updated.  The date in field 005 (Date and Time of Latest Transaction) changes each time a transaction is made to a separate holdings record.

See:  Examples

Input conventions:

This data element is usually system generated.

Related MARC fields or documents:

005  Date and Time of Latest Transaction

008/26-31  Date of report

For information on other 008 character positions, see:

008  Fixed-Length Data Elements

See also:

Variable Control Fields