This page is dedicated to the catalogers in the trenches -- the ones who struggle every day to meet the ever present challenge of MORE, BETTER, FASTER, CHEAPER. If your goal is to make the library experience as rich and rewarding as it possibly can be for your library's users, then you're our kind of cataloger. We want to help. The tips below were assembled by TLC Support staff, Documentation writers, and Product Managers to help you produce the best MARC records in the shortest time. There's also a Shared Tips link so you can share your own discoveries. Please help us help you by suggesting ideas for this site.
Cataloger's Reference Shelf updates
To update your Cataloger's Reference Shelf files from this site:
The Cataloger's Reference Shelf, a component of the help systems in BiblioFile and the Library•Solution integrated online library system, is published in web format and is available for free use by any cataloger with a web browser.
The CRS is based on 26 MARC manuals and other reference works published by The Library of Congress and frequently accessed by technical services staff.
TLC has always been guided by the desire to improve patrons' experiences with the library. We hope the provision of this free resource will make it easier for librarians to produce uniform, high-quality cataloging records that will lead to richer patron experiences with library catalogs.
ITS.MARC Network status
Z39.50 access: On Monday, October 13, 2008, some users reported internet connectivity problems that prevented Z39.50 searches from being completed. These intermittent failures now appear to be resolved after a change on TLC's domain name server (DNS). We encourage any users still having problems to report them to our Support team at 800-852-4911 or 304-229-0100.
Web access: No known Internet connectivity problems.
Slow response time: If your ITS.MARC connection is slow, click here.
Serials Limiting: If you limit a web-based search to serial formats only (in Set Limits), your search will fail in most circumstances. Until this can be resolved, avoid limiting by this format. You can remove any existing limiting by clicking the Clear Limits link.
Alternate Z39.50 server access: TLC maintains two ITS.MARC servers for Z39.50 access. The "tried and true" server (z3950.itsmarc.com) is accessed primarily by users of TLC's established cataloging software products (ITS for Windows and Library.Solution Cataloging) and by catalogers using non-TLC Z39.50 clients. The other server (z3950.library.com, the "BiblioFile" server) is used primarily by BiblioFile users. In reality, either server could be searched by any Z39.50 client with the proper attribute settings. For example, the following instructions may be used by BiblioFile users in the event the BiblioFile server were to go down.
Go into BiblioFile and select Components > Search Profile Editor. Although you can change the server a given profile uses, TLC recommends making a copy of the profile and changing the copy. Here's how:
Reporting Errors to the Library of Congress
If you find an error in a cataloging record from the Library of Congress, LC wants to know about it. Please refer to http://www.loc.gov/help/contact-libarch-report.html for instructions.
Discussion groups for catalogers: