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MARC Formats Transition Interest Group

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, US/Eastern

Curating MARC Indexing to Optimize Discoverability of Resources at ECU Libraries
Marlena Barber
East Carolina University
Presents a case study of an implementation of VuFind at the East Carolina U Libraries. Cataloging representatives from the main university library, the health sciences library, and the music library formed a working group to evaluate the MARC fields that would be indexed and displayed for the end user of the VuFind discovery layer. Intent was to clarify scoping of resources based on the indexing tied to particular facets and search functionalities, and to replicate search functions available in the Libraries’ existing Classic Catalog. The end result was to construct search options and parameters that would optimize discoverability of the library’s resources. The presentation will reveal the facet elements selected for the implementation and the process behind mapping those elements. An overview regarding decisions on the integration of MARC fields and elements behind search indices and the rationale behind these decisions will be discussed.

Book Artists Unbound: an EAC-CPF-based Discovery Tool for Contextualization of Creators
Alison Jai O'Dell
University of Miami
For artists’ books, contextual information is available in library catalog databases, but is hidden or dispersed, in part to challenges inherent in the MARC authority format and its typical handling. To expose background and relational information about book artists, this project harvested metadata concerning the U of Miami Libraries Special Collections Artists’ Book Collection from a MARC-format bibliographic database and converted relevant data elements to the EAC-CPF XML schema with the Remixing Archival Metadata Project (RAMP) editor. Using RAMP allowed the data to be semi-automatically enhanced with information from WorldCat Identities and VIAF. The enriched, linked data to come out of this process facilitated development of a widget-based discovery platform that presents users with contextual information about the artists. Interactive record display and various data visualizations nurture exploration of relationships between artists, their studios and spaces, educational and socio-cultural background, themes, techniques, media, and visual/conceptual genres. O’Dell explains advantages discovered when using the EAC-CPF format to deliver and transform creator metadata, focusing on showcasing the discovery product and its design, and conclude with feedback from user focus groups.

Building on the Past: (Re)Constructing Comprehensive Title Histories for Serials Management using MARC Records
Jeff Stetson
ProQuest
When using trusted sources, keeping up with serials title changes remains a major pain point for librarians and those who need to identify the publication history of periodicals. It can be problematic for companies that provide serials resource management tools. Title change data has traditionally been locked up within various fields of MARC records created by individual catalogers. Tthe results of different cataloging rules and interpretations, copy cataloging, typographical errors, and "the cataloger's judgment" have built a huge store of information that can be inconsistent and hard to follow. Stetson will talk about the knowledgebase service he has designed to analyze, mine, and reconstitute this data, resulting in comprehensive title histories that can be used in serials management

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