[Koha] Bulk loads of MARC records

Steven F. Baljkas baljkas at mb.sympatico.ca
Mon Oct 6 16:51:23 NZDT 2003

Sunday, October 6, 2003    22:44 CDT

Hi, Erik,

I know Stephen H and Joshua F have responded -- so they may know that what
I'm about to suggest checking out doesn't work (I haven't been able to try
it out) -- but back on August 12, 2003, John Voth wrote the Koha listserv
with what would seem to be a solution to your problem (all except the caveat
that you would still need to find some way to input all catalogue specific
info like the holdings data, acq date, etc.; you might be able to map these
into rarely-used MARC fields and then try a global import of those fields -- 
if Koha would support that kind of global change).

Anyway, John Voth's original message read as follows:

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Voth" <jvoth at shaw.ca>
To: <koha at lists.katipo.co.nz>
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2003 2:06 PM
Subject: [Koha] MARC importing tool?

> Howdy!
> I've developed a couple of programs that I have used to aid
> me in populating the library database.
> The first program takes a raw scan of a book's EAN
> (ie:9781575212784) and converts it into the ISBN
> (ie:1575212781).
> The second program takes a list of ISBN's and attempts to
> retrieve the ARC record for each title from the LoC.
> I have successfully used these two programs to obtain
> MARC records on approximately 4000 titles so far. I think
> it took about 40 minutes to poll the LoC and save all the
> responses to a file. [snip]
> Regards,
> John

Hope this helps,

Steven F. Baljkas
library tech at large
Koha neophyte
Winnipeg, MB, CANADA

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