Monday, June 14, 2004

Dissertations

ETD2MARC: A semiautomated workflow for cataloging electronic theses and dissertations by Brian E. Surratt and Dustin Hill appears in Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services vol. 28, no. 2, (Summer 2004) pp. 205-223.
This article describes a semiautomated workflow for cataloging electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). A perl script is used to query the metadata in an institutional ETD database and create a machine-readable cataloging (MARC) record for each ETD. The MARC records are imported into the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) WorldCat database using the Connexion service, proofread, updated, and exported to the local catalog. Topics discussed are the cataloging decisions that were made prior to the creation of the script, the benefits, and limitations of this workflow, future applications of the workflow, and future opportunities for research.

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