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MARCIVE Participates in GPO Webinar

Written by Joan on September 8, 2017. Posted in Blog

September 8, 2017

The GPO (Government Publishing Office) is initiating its eighth year of the Cataloging Record Distribution Program (CRDP), with MARCIVE as the contractor.

On September 7, 2017 MARCIVE participated in a webinar hosted by GPO titled Cataloging Record Distribution Program Workflows.  Jim Noel, our Manager of GPO Services was the first speaker and he briefly discussed the process in which we receive new cataloging records from GPO each month and process them for both CRDP participants as well as for our paid subscribers.  Approximately 95 people signed up for the webinar, with about half of them already involved in the CRDP.

Three current participants representing libraries of different types and with different library systems gave a brief overview of how they process the monthly files, the decisions that were made, and tips for handling issues.

1.     Oregon State Library.  This library selects approximately 55% of all GPO item numbers and is a shared regional depository library for the state.  They use the SirsiDynix Symphony system.  Arlene Weibel shared how she loads the records, makes some local edits, and exports record numbers to OCLC to reflect holdings.  She also gave the pros and cons of receiving changed records.

2.     Auburn University.  Although the Ralph Brown Draughon Library selects almost 100%, they are not a regional depository and select almost exclusively electronic-only titles.  They use the ExLibris Voyager system and have a home-grown link tracker.  Liza Weisbrod explained how although they are aware that they can eliminate older cataloging records distributed by GPO, they prefer to receive them since much of their legacy collection is uncataloged.  She did say that dealing with the older records can be time-consuming.

3.     Newark Public Library.  As the largest public Library in New Jersey, they are the regional for the state.  They use the III Millennium system and have been a MARCIVE customer since 1997.  Laura Saurs explained that they still get a paid subscription for authority records matching the CRDP cataloging.  Newark creates their own item records and uses their catalog as a shelflist.  They also get the Historic Shelflist records, an option which is available through the CRDP.

We appreciate having these seasoned librarians sharing their CRDP experiences, and their willingness to answer any system-specific questions!

Written by Joan Chapa, MLS

Blue Valley U.S.D.

Written by Joan on October 18, 2011. Posted in About us

Type of Organization: School District

Project Coordinator: Linda Corey, Library Media Services

Address: Blue Valley Schools, 15020 Metcalf, Overland Park KS 66283

Telephone: 913-239-4234

Email: lcorey@bluevalleyk12.org

Problems To Be Solved:

  1. Update authorities
  2. Clean up coding of genre in bibliographic records
  3. Add Lexile Measures® to records

MARCIVE Solutions:

  1. Authorities processing including correction of genre coding
  2. Ongoing authorities maintenance
  3. Reading notes enrichment

The Story:

The Blue Valley School District encompasses 91 square miles in southeastern Johnson County, Kansas. More than 20,000 students attend Blue Valley’s 34 schools. The library media collections are developed for inquiry, research, project-based learning and also with an emphasis on free reading and literary enrichment. Resources are shared among the libraries; thus, requiring our combined catalog to accurately reflect content. We currently use SirsiDynix Unicorn.

Our first experience with MARCIVE was during the migration of our Integrated Library system (ILS) from DRA to SIRSI in 2004. We looked for companies who had performed previous DRA—SIRSI conversions. We put out an RFP and chose MARCIVE.

At that time we performed our initial authority clean-up with MARCIVE. Though we had authorities in our catalog, they had only sporadically been maintained. We then contracted for continuing authority updates. Recently, we perceived a need to apply Lexile numbers and update genre headings in our bibliographic records. Again we contracted with MARCIVE for full authority work performed retrospectively on our collection and the addition of Lexiles and update of genre heading coding. Our various projects involved approximately 190,000 bibliographic records.

The reports provided by MARCIVE were excellent and allowed us to make corrections prior to our final loads. MARCIVE was very helpful throughout the process, in tech support, project planning, and handholding. It was painless.

The Blue Valley School District’s mission is unprecedented academic success and unparalleled personal growth for every student. Products that enhance a student’s learning process, encourage their personal growth, and at the same time allow us to assess their progress toward their personal and academic goals are an excellent fit to our mission. Genres engage and aid students in browsing for independent reading choices. Offering students a wide selection of titles in their Lexile range is a key component to reading instruction in the classroom. Lexile Bands are used as a quantitative measure of text complexity as presented in the Common Core State Standards.

MARCIVE was able to provide the data and services we required to upgrade and enhance our combined catalog.

The MARCIVE staff understands the school library environment and was responsive to our needs. They were willing to take the time necessary to explain a somewhat complex process. The scheduling fit our school calendar and the turnaround time was excellent. Their pricing is competitive and their product and services of good quality.

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