[Koha] Seeking opinions on the OPAC MARC views
M. Brooke Helman
abesottedphoenix at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 7 07:47:52 NZST 2010
Have I mentioned how much I love our developers lately? *looks at floor*
I've butchered this to the point that it's a little hard to tell Jesse from
Owen, but uh, ye're both bril.
I figured I might as well open the can of worms since nothing has ever
really stopped me before, and indeed y'all kind of encourage me from time to
>Is the "raw" MARC view the one you prefer for this? As opposed to this one?
I'd love to see something closer to LOC in terms of field clutter. (And
no, I can't believe I just wrote that either.)
However, I like the intent and little reminder of what the fields
actually are that Koha sticks in bold type. I think it would be really neat to
have the bold type in LOC's catalogue incorporate a rollover that bleeps the
field information. (So when I put the cursor on 020 the rollover box would be
all like "Yo! This is where you put the INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BOOK NUMBER")
And if y'all were extra special bored, it would be neat to make an auto
mail for suggest a subject heading or whatnot with some sort of spam filtre. But
that is of course in the catalogue of mah dreams.
>> Too improve usability, it would be good if I could cut and paste from
>> that view. The expanded MARC view doesn't supply the tags necessary to,
>> um, 'borrow' other people's cataloging work.
++ There are definitely times we want to swipe given fields but not an
>If you're trying to borrow from a Koha library, why not use the "Save
More steps. (Save record, click save, wait for the download, find wherever in
God's name Firefox put the file, go to the koha import tool, import it, click
import, import the staged import, wait for zebra to reindex, click on the
record, click edit). As far as I know, this is... tedious. I could be wrong, but
I think this method involves a fair number of clicks.
Someone (Paul? HDL? Chris? mebbe even Josh whoever Someone is thanks!)
made this feature happen over my lunch break at some point, and I was like
"Omigosh!" Though I agree that making Koha play nice with other Koha catalogues
would be hawt. (All other catalogues of course would be dreaming, but I'm a
boring person and can hang on to such dreams.)
The cataloger at my library uses raw MARC views a lot because of the textual
MARC editor we use. Obviously, this won't apply to every library (though I'm
trying to get this out into the world), but raw MARC views make a lot of copy
*nod* I still think that the developers need to round us up using
pointy sticks at some Conference or another and make us Librarians make sense in
terms of cataloguing interfaces. We're criminal in terms of saying "This sucks
fix it." but most of us don't provide meaningful feedback into how y'all could
if you felt like it and had big bags of money to help you do it.
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