Study program information note
| As of April 5, 2010, the rules on this page have been approved in concept by the SCRAP committee, but the exact wording is still being adjusted.|
Please use these rules. Please send any feedback to SCRAP.
Use of the Study Program Information note (MARC 526 field) is optional in the CCS database, and is chiefly used with data purchased from Marcive for the Accelerated Reader and Reading Counts! programs. Both of these programs involve students reading a book, then taking a quiz on that book, then being awarded a certain number of points if they pass the quiz. Students who accumulate enough points may then be eligible for various rewards from their school.
For the Accelerated Reader and Reading Counts! programs, the note contains:
- the name of the program
- the interest level
- reading level
- point value
- quiz number
A few records have a second ‡z containing other notes, such as the volume number of a multi-volume set to which that set of program information refers.
Examples of 526 fields:
526 0 |aAccelerated Reader AR|bUG|c4.8|d13.0|zQuiz: 130993. 526 0 |aReading Counts RC|b6-8|c3.7|d20.0|zQuiz: 44511.
If you find a 526 field in a fully-cataloged record in the CCS catalog, you can usually leave it as is. Note that ‡c and ‡d must contain a decimal point and one digit past it (e.g. "20.0" insted of just "20") in order to be indexed properly in our system. Please add ".0" to any ‡c or ‡d of these notes that you come across that need it.
If you are merging two records and the "from" record contains a 526 but the "to" record does not, please copy the 526 field into the "to" record before merging.
There should almost never be multiple 526 fields for the same program in a record. There are some rare exceptions to this; one case is multi-volume records, in which case each 526 field refers to a specific part. Exceptions should be qualified so that you can tell what part, binding, etc. each field refers to. When there are multiple 526 fields for the same program without any qualifiers, if the ‡b, ‡c, and ‡d subfields are exactly the same, then delete one--preferably one that lacks ‡z or otherwise does not look like the above examples. If the ‡b, ‡c, and ‡d are not exactly the same, then please use the relevant search engine linked at the bottom of this page to verify that the program data really belongs on that record--Marcive may have matched on an invalid ISBN or on author & title only.