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Juvenile Subject Headings

By |March 7th, 2017|ALS Cataloging|

Enterprise does NOT recognize that the second index coding in these entries indicates that these are Juvenile books. In Enterprise it is going to look like they are adult subjects. 650 1 $aBaseball $vFiction. 650 1 $aHonesty $vFiction. 650 1 $aSportsmanship $vFiction. So it is important that you change them to the format shown below. [...]

Tips for Finding the Best Record in OCLC

By |March 18th, 2015|ALS Cataloging|

Limit your search to English records: Look for Library of Congress or Program for Cooperative Cataloging logos in the search results:      When looking at individual records, look for records that many libraries are using: Instead of just a few: In the MARC Display, look for records created and reviewed by Library of Congress [...]

Names in Cataloging

By |April 17th, 2014|ALS Cataloging|

Names in cataloging can be complicated and often change.  Birth and death dates are added when needed to distinguish one author from another. And now RDA allows for adding more descriptive terms to differentiate between people with the same name as well as when one individual performs different roles in the creation of different titles. It is also very [...]

Check List after importing records from OCLC

By |February 14th, 2014|ALS Cataloging|

Once you have imported a record from OCLC and added your item information.  Is there anything else you need to do?  YES, not all records in OCLC are complete so catalogers need to review and add information as needed. Notes below Tag or Field Indicators Subfields 000 cam 3 1 001 854612532 008 130729s2014    xx            000 0 eng d 040 YDXCP $c YDXCP $d [...]

Cataloging Books in a Series – 490 not 440 field & 800 or 830 fields

By |February 7th, 2014|ALS Cataloging|

Cataloging items in a series can seem complicated, but this information should help make it easier. It will also improve search results so that patrons are able to find all items in a series and the order the books were written. If you have been cataloging for a long time, forget the 440 MARC field! [...]

000 – Fixed fields

By |January 17th, 2014|ALS Cataloging|

  The Fixed fields provide information for Horizon AND Enterprise to use when sorting and displaying information. Below are some of the more common codes used in the 000 fixed field: RecS: Indicates the status of a record most commonly 'n' for new or 'c' for corrected/revised Type: Indicates the type of material VERY Important this [...]

Deleting ISBN’s

By |December 20th, 2013|ALS Cataloging|

After your record is imported from OCLC always take a look at the record again and make sure it matches your item. One of the most important things to do is make sure the ISBNs in the record match the item in your hand. Sometimes there are ISBNs in a record for more than one [...]

Penn State University Library

By |October 24th, 2013|ALS Cataloging|

Looking for an online tool that defines the MARC fields and includes new information about the RDA Core fields? Then check out Penn State University Library website at:

Alternatives to Library of Congress

By |October 7th, 2013|ALS Cataloging|

OCLC have developed a list of alternative resources for those of us who rely on the Library of Congress.  Be sure to read through the descriptions of what each option provides before using them. Hanging Together Blog

Horizon Options for viewing MARC Records

By |September 25th, 2013|ALS Cataloging|

In the MARC Editor there are four options under the "View" tab at the top of the screen that will display descriptions of the MARC field. Clicking on "Labeled" will display brief text that describes each field in that MARC record. Clicking on "Labeled Vertical" will display brief text that describes each field, indicator, and subfield in that MARC record. [...]