[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] General Questions

Laura Long laura at marshallpublib.org
Mon Mar 31 10:38:47 EDT 2008

Thanks everyone for getting back to me. I will talk to the Director about
the information I have gathered so far, and I am sure I will be back with
more questions!

Laura Long
Marshall Public Library

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: Re: [OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] General Questions
From:    "Mike Rylander" <mrylander at gmail.com>
Date:    Thu, March 27, 2008 12:46 pm
To:      open-ils-general at list.georgialibraries.org
         "Public Open-ILS tech discussion"
<OPEN-ILS-DEV at list.georgialibraries.org>

On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 12:40 PM, Bill Ott <bott at grpl.org> wrote:
>  >>  1. We currently use Baker & Taylor for cataloging of new book
>  >>  We download records from their web site, and then upload them into
>  >>  Unicorn..I assume this would also be possible with Evergreen, but
is the
>  >>  process simple?
>  >>
>  >
>  > I'm not familiar with Baker & Taylor, sorry.
>  >
>  > But I'm interested in some more detail- are you downloading just the
>  > bibliographic records via Z39.50? Evergreen supports this today; you
>  > would just have to set up Baker and Taylor as a Z39.50 source.
>  >
>  > Or are you downloading batches of MARC bibliographic records into a
>  > file, that you then load into Unicorn (either via a report or via some
>  > cataloging tool)? This is not quite as easy today; at the moment, to
>  > load batches of records into Evergreen you have to run some command
>  > line scripts.
>  We use Baker & Taylor's Title Source 3, and download MARC records based
>  on our orders, which I believe is what's being described.  What I've
>  done is create some slightly modified import scripts, run as CGI
>  scripts, which allows batch importing from these files to add bib
>  records.  It also works for OCLC's CatME files, and probably others.
>  It's a quick and dirty approach, and we're only using it on a test
>  basis, but it works well for dumping some data into the database
>  relatively quickly.  For production use it needs some TLC.
>  The beauty of the Evergreen staff client is that it's essentially a Web
>  browser.  So, you can run a CGI script right in the client, and with
>  some minor tweaks add it right in as a cataloging menu option.

Bill, would you be willing to share what you have right now, either
on-list, directly to me, or perhaps as a ILS-Contrib package?  There
are thorny problems with large batches (as I'm sure you know) but I'd
love to see what you've got right now.  Maybe it's a better or
alternate starting point for "simple batch ingest" than my current
Project Vandelay (import/exporter joke from Seinfeld, for those that
aren't big fans of the show).

Mike Rylander
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