Brief Record Upgrade


igrating to a new system is exciting but it also sheds light on all of the errors, work-arounds and inconsistencies in your current system. Start off on the right foot in your new system by letting MARCIVE update all of your records and establish consistency throughout the database.

Every migration project is different so the MARCIVE team will evaluate your current database and make recommendations for improvement prior to importing it into your new system.  An integrated library system (ILS) data migration is an excellent time to make the data consistent and add value with different forms of enrichment.

Enrichment (Table of Contents, Fiction/Biography, and Summaries) can be added conveniently and affordably during a Brief Record Upgrade (BRU) project. Reading notes (Lexile Measures®,  and Accelerated Reader) can be added for free.

All BRU projects include authorities processing at no additional cost.  In fact, sometimes the only service your database needs is Authorities Processing.  We will propose the most cost-effective database cleanup needed, whether BRU, authority control, enrichment, custom processing, or a combination.

As of 2018, we no longer offer “traditional” retrospective conversion from shelflist catalog cards or printed lists.  However, you can still perform retro projects with us using MarciveWeb SELECT.  Please contact Customer Service to learn how.

How Do You Charge for Brief Record Upgrade?

We'll ask you a few questions and review a sample file of your records and then provide you with an estimate.  Click here for our questionnaire.


MARCIVE Enhances the U.S. Catalog of Government Publications
See the announcement from GPO's FDLP News & Events 

Illegal aliens: Part 2

New Year.  New Priorities.

LC changed the "Illegal alien" subject heading, among others.  Now what?

Go paperless!  In the coming year, we will no longer mail paper invoices.  Contact us with the email you want us to use for electronic invoicing.

15 new libraries to be added to the Cataloging Record Distribution Program for FREE cataloging

Need solutions for dealing with headings such as "Illegal Aliens"?  Learn how we assisted one customer.

Presentation on how our Comprehensive Notification Service can work in SirsiDynix Symphony.

New! QLSP Spanish language subject heading verification

New URI Enrichment Option

MARCIVE's Authorities Processing and RDA Conversion Services received Platinum distinction in the 2021 MLA Awards. Learn more.

Interested in learning more about outsourced authority control in the Ex Libris Alma system?  See our recent webinar from a current customer.

More about FAST headings

Alternative to FTP?  Yes!

On-Demand Webinar: Making eRecords More Findable

Need to send out an RFP for data remediation and authorities processing?  See our newly revised template.

Not able to do backfile authorities processing just now?  Explore your options.

New!  FAST access point creation

New!  Updated version of MarciveWeb SELECT released

Copying & pasting can cause havoc in MARC records

MARCIVE provides metadata conversion for catalog visibility

Looking for a new authorities vendor?  Contact us to learn about your various options.

MARCIVE Services for ExLibris Libraries : Consortium or Standalone

NEW!  Option for 34X fields creation during RDA conversion

MARCIVE Participates in GPO Webinar

Success story for LeRoy Collins Leon County

Added Benefits of Comprehensive Notification (CNS)

FAST Headings Now Examined

Lexile Beginning Reader Measures More Granular

Comprehensive Notification Service

Webinar to Help Complete the CRDP Profile

Options for Genre Terms

Check out our BLOG!

Why do RDA Conversion?

Check out revised sample RFP for authorities processing  here

MARCIVE provides RDA conversion for diverse libraries

Considering a backfile authorities processing project?
Check out our Backfile Authorities FAQ


Literature & Forms

Overview of Brief Record Upgrade Services

BRU ProfileComplete and send to us to begin your Brief Record Upgrade project

BRU GuideHelpful in answering questions about how to fill in the BRU profile

Questionnaire Complete this form to receive an estimate (use Microsoft Word to open it)

Sample RFPIncludes the most commonly requested specifications for a Brief Record Upgrade bid

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