[Koha] some thoughts about cataloguing and acquisition (important)

Chris Cormack chris at katipo.co.nz
Fri Jan 17 15:11:48 NZDT 2003

On Fri, Jan 17, 2003 at 11:43:00AM +1100, Jean Truebridge said:
> Hi
> I got the impression that Koha "simpler non-MARC interface" form would not
> allow the "simpler" libraries to see the record in MARC compatible format.
> I apologise if I have misunderstood! I feel that it is very important to
> have all records MARC compliant for international cooperation, even if this
> is rarely needed at the local leval.  With NLA the records are stored in NLA
> servers etc, not at the local leval which obviously could not store 36
> million records!
You are kind of right :-)
The simple non-MARC interface doesnt present the data in MARC to the
librarians. That is not to say though, that the data isnt viewable and/or
exportable in MARC format.
Its just that the librarians have chosen (by setting a system variable) not
to have to see the records in MARC format.

This is the beauty of storing the data in a relational database, its very
easy to present the same data in numerous different ways. So librarians can
interface with the data in a way they are comfortable with.

Hope this helps

Chris Cormack                                                     Programmer
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