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520 - Description Note (R)

MARC 21 Community Information - Full
January 2000

First Indicator
Display constant controller
# - No information provided
8 - No display constant generated

Second Indicator
# - Undefined

Subfield Codes
$a - Description note (NR)
$6 - Linkage (NR)
$8 - Field link and sequence number (R)


Unformatted note that describes the community information entity, e.g., a general description of a program and its various services, the mission statement/purpose of the organization. A listing of specific programs is contained in field 505 (Programs Note).



First Indicator - Display constant controller
Value that controls the generation of a display constant preceding the note.
# - No information provided
When no information is provided, the display constant Description: may be generated.
Leader/07 p
[program or service]
520 ##$aProvides a support group for single African-American parents. Offers lectures, discussion groups, field trips, etc.
8 - No display constant generated
Second Indicator - Undefined
Undefined and contains a blank (#).


$a - Description note
Text of the note.

Examples of organizations:

520 ##$aToughlove is a nonprofit educational organization offering a program to help parents of adolescents and young people whose destructive behavior has gotten them in trouble at home, at school, in the community. A number of these children are substance abusers, so we offer parents information about drug and alcohol abuse and treatment. Toughlove groups are parent self-help groups giving and getting support in taking action to restore an atmosphere of cooperative living within the family. They do not act as professional counselors; instead they work with and refer members to other agencies in the community dealing with specific aspects of problem behavior. There are 12 groups meeting weekly in the Baltimore area. For group locations and contact phone numbers call (301) 252-9326.
520 ##$aThe society provides information about Down Syndrome and support of research and services for families and individuals. Call the hotline for information and referrals. Information pamphlets on Down Syndrome including "This Baby Needs You More." First copy free, $1 for each additional copy. Free 10-day loan of videocassette "Gifts of Love." (25 min.). $50 to purchase. Science Scholar Program: $25,000 per year for 2 yrs. to outstanding young post-doctoral researchers in Down Syndrome. Available through university sponsorship application. Annual Science Symposium on Down Syndrome by invitation.
520 ##$aThe purpose of this department is to strengthen the family by advocating for the family amid the complex of public and private organizations that carry the responsibility for its well-being. This office provides telephone service to assist individuals and families in accessing family support services. These resources may be either public or private organizations. The types of services available may include marriage and family counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, housing assistance, child care and job-training.

Example of a program or service:

520 ##$aTen hour course for adults to enable them to be successful youth sports coaches. This course is the prerequisite for "Teaching Baseball Effectively" which is offered each March.
$6 - Linkage
See the description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.
$8 - Field link and sequence number
See the description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.


Punctuation - Field 520 ends with a period unless another mark of punctuation is present.
Display Constant - The introductory term Description: is not carried in the MARC record. It may be system generated as a display constant associated with the first indicator value.
First indicator Display constant
# Description:
8 [no display constant]

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