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KUOPIO 2022: The application of the MARC 583 “action note” in Austria and Germany

Silke Sewing (State Library Berlin, Berlin, Germany)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 1 August 2023

Issue publication date: 8 August 2023




The purpose of this article is to present the implementation process in Germany and Austria of MARC 583 as an example for a supraregional cooperative library workflow in the fields of preservation and archiving.


Based upon PDA: Terminology, the MARC 583 “Action note” data element for inventory preservation and archiving was implemented in all library union catalogues in Germany and Austria. Strong cooperation in the Consortium of Library Networks has been a precondition for the introduction of MARC 583 in 2019. Using German Union Catalogue of Serials – Zeitschriftendatenbank as an example, areas of cooperative collaboration at the regional, supraregional, and national levels are explained.


MARC 583 allows the union catalogues to provide sustainable and transparent information about digitization, filming, mass deacidifation, and archiving measures and the participating libraries to save resources in these fields of “action.”


An example for the implementation of PDA: Terminology originates in the Anglo-American library world. This article describes the implementation of a workflow in two German-speaking countries with different approaches and projects.



This article was reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief rather than being reviewed by two anonymous referees.


Sewing, S. (2023), "KUOPIO 2022: The application of the MARC 583 “action note” in Austria and Germany", Library Management, Vol. 44 No. 5, pp. 367-371.



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