[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Ordering bibliographic & item records from vendors

Andrea Buntz Neiman aneiman at kent.lib.md.us
Wed Jul 13 12:52:28 EDT 2016

Hi Glen,

We go through Baker & Taylor's Customized Library Service -- their 
catalogers are issued (limited) logins to our Evergreen system and they 
catalog directly in Evergreen according to our established cataloging 

Since most of what B&T does for us is copy-cataloging, I do imagine that 
they use Vandelay to load the MARC records in batch. They then add 
volumes (call #s) and item records according to the practices we've 
established with them.  We receive the items completely shelf-ready & 
they just need a check-in at circ to be on their way.

They do obviously charge us for this service, but because we're pretty 
small we find that it's well worth it to us to free up the staff time.  
They do a decent job and are great about issuing credits on the rare 
occasion they make a processing error.

Note that we do not use Acquisitions, but my understanding is that this 
CLS service can be done as part of an EDI/Acquisitions process.

Let me know if you have any questions!


Andrea Buntz Neiman, MLS
Public Services Librarian
Kent County Public Library
408 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
410.778.3636 x2115

On 7/12/2016 4:35 PM, Glen Modell wrote:
> Hello, this is Glen at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan.  We are not on Evergreen but are exploring it.  I would appreciate advice from anyone who is purchasing new bibliographic / item record combinations from vendors such as Baker & Taylor.  Two questions please:
> First, are you going through Vandelay, or using another method?
> Second, how are you handling the call number records?  Is the vendor contributing those as well?
> Thanks.  --  Glen.
> *****************************
> Glen Modell
> Library Automation Specialist
> Ann Arbor District Library
> 734-327-8322
> modellg at aadl.org

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