[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Importing from ISBN

Justin Hopkins justin at mobiusconsortium.org
Tue Oct 9 15:35:50 EDT 2012


So you've got some options. You could scan all of your ISBN's into a 
file and send that file to OCLC (or someone else) who would send you 
back a file of complete marc records that you could batch import. 
Another option would be to use the z39.50 search feature of Evergreen 
to search the Library of Congress (or another large library system that 
wouldn't mind you using their z39.50 server). Sitka has good 
documentation on the latter:


I'm not sure which would be cheaper/faster/better.


On Tue Oct  9 14:21:33 2012, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Justin,
> Its a library of a new college that has started. At the moment there is nothing. Just books.
> They need to get the books onto the system, and then operate like a library with checking out and checking in.
> Regards,
> Andrew
> On 9 Oct 2012, at 19:33, Justin Hopkins wrote:
>> Hi Andrew,
>> When you say "I am starting my library" do you mean to say that you'd like to use Evergreen to catalog and maintain your personal collection of books, or that you work for a library and will be cataloging that collection?
>> Cheers,
>> Justin
>> On Tue Oct  9 13:17:33 2012, Andrew Morton wrote:
>>> Hi there.
>>> Going on the premise that there is no such thing as a stupid question....so apologies if this is mucho simple!
>>> I am starting my library and want to import all my books (at this point approx 3000).
>>> I plan to scan all the barcodes/isbns and then look them up online, to get all the information I need.
>>> I plan to convert this to a marc record (in its most simplest form)
>>> My question is this - how do I get the information that I will retrieve into Evergreen. I understand that there is a MARC Batch Import, but I am unaware what the format of the batch file will look like?
>>> Or is there a more simple method, that I am missing?
>>> Many thanks.
>>> Regards,
>>> Andrew

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