[Koha] Koha MARC21

Marty Jongepier bluejaydesign at sympatico.ca
Sun Feb 18 15:53:50 NZDT 2007

Sorry, but you are completely utterly and hopelessly lost.


MARC21 is a standardized system (see http://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/)

Go to a public library and ask a librarian to explain the basics of the MARC

It might seem confusing but it is fairly straightforward. Training for MARC?
Go here for some basics: http://www.loc.gov/marc/umb/


To name a few MARC 21 fields; 

020 : ISBN

022 : ISSN

100 : Main entry : Personal name (Author)

110 : Main entry : Corporate name (Author)

245 : Main entry : Title statement (Title)

440 : Series statement/added entry-title (Title of a series), in subfields
you can enter the Volume


Our library does not have periodicals, but I would enter them under 110,
245, and 440. There is also such a thing as ISSN numbers, the equivalent of
ISBN numbers for periodicals.

Field 520 contains (according to the standard): "Unformatted information
that describes the scope and general contents of the materials. This could
be a summary, abstract, annotation, review, or only a phrase describing the
material". To put the volume amount here seems a bit odd, I would put it in
a subfield of 300

Hope this helps a bit.




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Subject: [Koha] Koha MARC21


Hi colleagues,

Converting to the MARC21 structure so far has been a near impossible task
for our library. MARC seems to be so confusing, and I was wondering if there
are any MARC experts out here willing to provide me with some answers. 

1. In our old cataloguing structure, when we catalogued encyclopedias, for
example, we would classify them as COLLECTIVE. These were the fields used:

021: Volume Number
023: Personal Author
024: Corporate Author 
025: Title
027: Total Number of Volumes

I have visited many libraries' websites using Koha, and have noticed some
differing fields being used for encyclopedias. Does the title of an
encyclopedia go under the normal 245 field, and so on? I also noticed some
libraries using field 300, subfield a (Extent), to record how many volumes
are in that particular set, while other libraries used the field 520,
subfield a (SUMMARY) to record their volume amount. 

2. What fields do periodicals use in Koha when you catalogue them? In our
old format, we classified them as SERIALS, with different fields as well.

3. Are the control fields needed when I catalogue a book?

We will eventually receive training for MARC, but that won't be until next
year or so. 

Here's hoping that someone provides me with some answers.


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