A history of Ukrainian industry / Oleksander Ohloblyn ; with an editor’s pref., a retrospect by the author and indices. (OCLC #475510)

This volume includes the content of three titles; the first and third are in Russian, and the second is in Ukrainian. The title and editor’s preface are in English.

The Lang MARC fixed field should contain the code for the predominant language of the piece, excluding prefaces, introductions, forewords, and appendices. This DLC record created in 1973 has it coded as English:

Lang: eng

If I were cataloging this, I would have encoded it as Russian. Is this an old standard?


Proceedings of the Second International Congress of Medieval Canon Law : Boston College, 12-16 August 1963 / edited by Stephan Kuttner and J. Joseph Ryan. (OCLC #4289022)

This volume has text in multiple languages:

546 __ ǂa Text in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

which is also encoded in the 041 as:

041 0_ ǂa engfregeritaspa

This is hard to read and error-prone, as shown in a similar volume which had this encoded as

041 0_ engfregerha

There is no MARC language code “ha”; they are all three letters long. I have now corrected this record, and encoded in the current standard:

041 0_ ǂa eng ǂa fre ǂa ger ǂa ita

Treasures for the table : an exhibition of contemporary table settings, Majolica from Faenza = Tesori per la tavola : una mostra di servizi da tavola contemporanei in Maiolica di Faenza / organized by the Comune di Faenza and Istituto Italiano di Cultura of New York. (OCLC #12786063)

MARC field 041 is language code, which can include information about translation, or languages used for various parts of the resource (table of contents, abstracts, etc.) This piece has the field:

041 0_ ǂa itaeng

summarizing the language information found in this note:

546 __ ǂa Texts in Italian and English.

Including both codes “ita” and “eng” in one subfield is an older convention (made obsolete in 2001), and these days would be coded with repeated subfield a:

041 0_ ǂa ita ǂa eng

The most recent OCLC tech bulletin (264) says that, in their database, all 041 subfields that contain multiple MARC 21 language codes will be converted into separate subfields for each language code.