Friday, January 23, 2009

Additions to the MARC Code Lists for Relators, Sources, Description

The codes listed below have been recently approved for use in MARC 21 records. The codes will be added to MARC Code Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions.

The codes should not be used in exchange records until after March 23, 2009. This 60-day waiting period is required to provide MARC 21 implementers time to include newly defined codes in any validation tables they may apply to the MARC fields where the codes are used.

Other Sources
Field 015 (National Bibliography Number) The following code is for use in subfield $2 in field 015 in the Bibliographic format.
Deutsche Nationalbibliografie [use only after March 23, 2009]
Field 887 (Non-MARC Information Field) The following code is for use in subfield $2 in field 887 in the Bibliographic format.
ONIX (Online Information Exchange) [use only after March 23, 2009]
Term, Name, Title Sources

The following codes are for use in subfield $2 in fields 600-657 (Subject Added Entries/Index Terms) in Bibliographic and Community Information records; subfield 662 (Subject Added Entry) in Bibliographic records; subfield $2 in fields 700-754 (Index Terms) in Classification records; subfield $2 in fields 700-788 (Heading Linking Entries) in Authority records; and subfield $f in field 040 (Cataloging Source) in Authority records.
Evropski pedagoski tezaver = European education thesaurus (EET) : slovenska razliica - izdelana po angleski razliici (Ljubljana: Zavod Republike Slovenije za solstvo) [use only March 23, 2009]

Eurovoc thesaurus (English) [use only after March 23, 20009]

Eurovoc thesaurus (Slovenian) [use only after March 23, 20009]

Iskanje po zbirki MECH [use only after March 23, 2009]

Project management terminology. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute. [use only after March 23, 2009]

Serial Cataloging Guide

NASIGuide: MARC Coding for Serials by Elizabeth McDonald and Beverly Geckle is now available.
Aimed at helping in the creation and interpretation of MARC bibliographic records for serials, this guide focuses on how serial MARC records differ from records for other formats. While continuing resources include both serials and integrating resources such as looseleafs or websites, this guide discusses serials only. Cataloging Serials involves an understanding of both the MARC codes and cataloging rules and practices. Although cataloging rules and practices are referred to, the main focus of this guide is on MARC coding, and not all subfields are always covered.

Typographical Errors in Library Databases

Typographical Errors in Library Databases has a new home. There is also a email group and a weblog on the topic.


yaz-marcdump is a free tool from Index Data to manipulate MARC records. Perhaps it is just the tool you need to convert those MARC21 records encoded in MARC-8 into UTF-8.
yaz-marcdump reads MARC records from one or more files. It parses each record and supports output in line-format, ISO2709, MARCXML, MarcXchange as well as Hex output.

This utility parses records ISO2709(raw MARC) as well as XML if that is structured as MARCXML/MarcXchange....

The following command converts MARC21/USMARC in MARC-8 encoding to MARC21/USMARC in UTF-8 encoding. Leader offset 9 is set to 'a'. Both input and output records are ISO2709 encoded.

yaz-marcdump -f MARC-8 -t UTF-8 -o marc -l 9=97 marc21.raw >marc21.utf8.raw

The same records may be converted to MARCXML instead in UTF-8:

yaz-marcdump -f MARC-8 -t UTF-8 -o marcxml marc21.raw >marcxml.xml

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Moving Image Work-Level Records

The Moving Image Work-Level Records Task Force is look for comments about their work by Friday, February 13, 2009.
The Moving Image Work-Level Records Task Force of CAPC (OLAC's Cataloging Policy Committee) has posted a finalized version of parts 1-2 of our recommendations. This document covers definitions, boundaries, attributes, and relationships.

We have also posted a draft of part 4, which covers our proof-of-concept attempt to extract work/primary expression-level information from existing MARC manifestation bibliographic records. It also gives some recommendations for cataloging practice and changes to the MARC format based on our experience. We are particularly interested in feedback on readability of the report and on the recommendations that we're making.
The OLAC website has a nice new look. Have you renewed your membership in OLAC? It is a Best Buy.

OAIster Moving

OAIster, the union catalog for OAI records, is to move from the University of Michigan to OCLC.
The University of Michigan approached OCLC about managing future operations for OAIster, which has grown to over 19 million records contributed by over 1,000 institutions and organizations worldwide since the service launched in 2002.

OCLC welcomed the proposal because OAIster complements the types of resources already cataloged in WorldCat, broadens the scope of collections to include open archives, and reaches millions of information seekers every month through OCLC services including and FirstSearch.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Nicole C. Engard has made this announcement.
I have been spending a lot of time these last few months working on getting a new web-based cataloging tool ready for you all. It's finally time! I'd like to invite you to sign up for free and try out ‡ a community cataloging tool from LibLime.

So, what the heck is it? ‡ is a web-based original and copy cataloging tool with built in federated search of any Z39.50 target (via an integrated search registry with over 2000 targets - or by adding your own) and a large (30 million strong) shared database of catalog records. This means that you can isit ‡ and benefit from the work of other catalogers who have gone before you. You can also edit and contribute to the database without any restrictions.

I have also worked on creating some macros (others can be written by users) to help streamline some of our cataloging processes and templates for common item types to make original cataloging a little bit easier :) Best of all, you can set ‡ to automatically add records to your Koha system with the click of a button!

I'm looking for both novice and professional catalogers to give me their opinions of the tools, services and overall user friendliness of ‡ I am of course also looking for people to join the community so that this tool and grow and help us all with our cataloging work.

I have worked very closely with the development crew on this new tool and believe very strongly both in it and the ideas behind it. The fact that we all work so very hard on our cataloging makes the fact that the records in ‡ are freely-licensed under the Open Data Commons all that more appealing.

If you want to learn more you can read through the documentation on the site and/or take a peek at this great write up by Jonathan Rochkind.

I'll have to look up how to get those double daggers. Including a non-keyboard symbol in a product name might not be the best idea.

Let Your Fingers Do the Walking Through WorldCat

OCLC has announced WorldCat Mobile.
  • Search for library materials—Enter search terms such as keywords, author or title
  • Find a WorldCat library near you—Enter your ZIP, postal code or location in the Libraries Locator
  • Call a library—Highlight and click the phone number in a library listing to place a call
  • Map a route—Find the fastest way to a WorldCat library using the mapping software already on your device
Type this URL into your phone's Web browser: