MARC Format for Non-Catalogers

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The MARC21 (Machine Readable Cataloging) Bibliographic format is the nationally-accepted standard for computerized cataloging. Using MARC21 records helps ensure that data in your automated library catalog will be compatible with other systems, catalogs and vendors.

This session will introduce the structure of the MARC record and its function in automated library catalogs. Participants will learn basic MARC terminology, the construction of MARC fields, certain crucial things to check in a MARC record, and the importance of this standard for the performance of public access catalogs.

Who Should Attend?

Library or systems staff who need a basic understanding of the MARC record and associated terminology.