E-book MARCeting: How Do Your E-books Look?

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The growing e-book market raises questions regarding access. Many libraries use their catalogs as a conduit to e-books because of user expectations and because vendors offer free MARC records. This …

The growing e-book market raises questions regarding access. Many libraries use their catalogs as a conduit to e-books because of user expectations and because vendors offer free MARC records. This presentation explores the challenges associated with these records including information quality, user expectations, and cataloging workload. A checklist regarding these issues is provided.

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  • 1. E-Book MARCeting: How Do your E-Books Look? Electronic Resources & Libraries February 2, 2010
  • 2. Liz BabbittElectronic Resources LibrarianDoralyn RossmannCollection Development LibrarianAmy FosterCatalog LibrarianMontana State UniversityBozeman, Montana
  • 3. What We’re About to Tell You• Purchasing options for E-books• MARC record options• Considerations for vendors• Considerations for other library units• MARCeting your E-books• Considerations for ILS providers• Considerations for shared catalog members• Considerations for library users
  • 4. Purchasing Options• Purchased outright With hosting fee?• Annual subscription Replace older editions• Leased Swappable
  • 5. MARC Record Options• Vendor produced• OCLC produced• Home grown
  • 6. Considerations for E-Book Vendors• Who creates the data?• Authority control?• Other non-standard headings added?• Call numbers, what field(s) and what schema?• Table of contents notes?• Are corrected MARC data records provided?
  • 7. Considerations for E-Book Vendors• Free with purchase?• Already available or forthcoming?• Available from vendor only or from OCLC?• Record sharing in consortia environment?• Stable URLs?• OpenURL compliant?• Leased E-books challenges
  • 8. Considerations for Other Library Units• E-books as “noise” in the catalog?• Ways to filter out E-books/print?• Multiple formats on one record challenges.• Workflow for retrieval, modification pre- load, load, replacement of records.• Collection Development/Cataloging relationship in purchase considerations/timing.
  • 9. MARCeting Your E-Books• Pushing MARC record information to Web pages & RSS feeds – Convert MARC to MARC XML – Challenge with which fields to include (245, 650, etc?) – Cross-walk to PHP for Web page and via RSS• MARC records can be included in new book lists within the ILS, as well
  • 10. MARCeting Your E-Books
  • 11. MARCeting Your E-Books
  • 12. Considerations for ILS Vendors• How do ILS vendors recommend handling E-book records in a shared/consortial catalog environment?• Load in the ILS in the same manner as other records?• Segregate somehow for ease of searching and maintenance?
  • 13. Considerations for ILS Vendors• What options exist for display of the URL? URL itself Public note URL and a public note Text link Icon link
  • 14. URL itself
  • 15. Public Note
  • 16. URL and Public Note
  • 17. Text Link
  • 18. Icon Link
  • 19. Considerations for ILS Vendors• How do the ILS vendors recommend exclusion of E-book records from exports for regular authority control processing (if desired by the library)?
  • 20. Considerations for Shared/Consortial Catalog Arrangements• Do all libraries share records?• Are there any special considerations, i.e. one record for all formats?• Will all member libraries be purchasing the same E-books?
  • 21. Considerations for Shared/Consortial Catalog Arrangements• Will all member libraries be using the same purchasing model? Purchase outright Leasing titles• How will multiple URLs for multiple institutions on the same record look?
  • 22. Considerations for Library Users• Will Users require hand-held readers or software downloads to view the E-Books?• How do Users expect to access E-Books? ILS, ERMS, Federated Searching, Unified Discovery Interface Usage Statistics• E-books noise
  • 23. Related Article:Doralyn Rossmann, Amy Foster, Elizabeth P Babbitt. “E-book MARC records: do they make the mark?” Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community, 22 (3) Sup. 1, S46 - S50.
  • 24. Questions?Comments?Concerns?Complaints?