Thu Nov 17 10:58:26 NZDT 2005
001 defined (and had forgot to try to add them myself when mucking about),
* Question 2: What is the relationship of the MARC record data within Koha?
What I mean is, what does Koha actually do with the information in the
fixed-length fields if anything?
(BTW the current connection in the 003 test drive is wrong according to what
I was taught/have seen).
I had thought that Koha cataloguing could be worked without reference to the
underlying database. If not, (follow-up questions): how do we connect all
the potential MARC fields to whatever fields are in the core of the Koha
database? Does Koha just turf info that doesn't fit into those, i.e. are
records deconstructed and fields lost once imported?
Devolving from this worry about MARC cataloguing and the integrity of
records within the database (again: important for sharing and any future
migrations), I realised I had never seen an answer to a rather
straightforward OPAC matter, thus:
* Question 3: What is the correspondence between the MARC structure and the
actual records displayed in the Koha OPAC?
I have to try to explain what I mean by analogy.
The systems I am most familiar with (TKM MicroCat, Athena, Voyager) allow
the library administrator/s to decide how to display information retrieved
by OPAC searches. Librarians assumed a default non-MARC record display
(which is almost certainly right) and the systems allowed decisions to be
made about which fields to display, which to suppress, and in what order
elements from tags should appear, and (with 2 of the systems), the label
that would appear for the user beside the information (e.g. Author(s):,
For that matter ...
Question 4: How/Where does one set which MARC fields one wants searchable
for a given search type? Is this adjustable?
Just a few 'light' questions. ;-)
Any and all answers appreciated (good ones, especially so ;-) ).
Steven F. Baljkas
library tech at large
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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