Resource Action Term Sources contains a list of sources of standardized terms used to record processing, reference, and preservation actions and assigns a code to each source.  The purpose of this list is to facilitate exchange of information in cooperative acquisition and preservation programs.  For code assignment, general structure, usage, and maintenance guidelines see Introduction.

Arrangement of the list

Entries in the list are arranged in alphabetical order by the code and consist of the source code followed by the bibliographic citation for the source documentation.  The citations are linked to the online source for some codes.

Code structure

Each code consists of a maximum of 12 lowercase alphabetic characters.  Possible additions to codes are described in Source Code Maintenance.

Resource Action Term Source Codes


Preservation & digitization actions: terminology for MARC 21 Field 583 (Mountain View, CA: RLG/ARL/LC Task Force on 583 Field)


List of Finnish Terminology for MARC 583 "Action Note" $a "Action" (Helsinki: The National Library of Finland)


List of German Terminology for MARC 583 "Action Note" $a "Action" (Frankfurt: Consortium of Library Network)


Preservation event types (Washington, DC: Library of Congress)


Standard terminology for the MARC 21 Actions Note Field (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, Network Development and MARC Standards Office)

Usage in MARC 21

 Bibliographic records

583 $2 (Action Note / Source of term)

 Holdings records

583 $2 (Action Note / Source of term)

See also:

Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes:  Contents