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Colors Associated with a Patron Account

You may have noticed the box of color that surrounds a patron name within their account.

New Checkin Modifier

Since version 2.2, Evergreen has several new additions to the checkin interface. Of the available options, these four are the most recent. They mainly concern how holds are handled at the induction point: (click image to enlarge)Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 2.00.13 PMNew Checkin Modifiers

Patron Account: Enabling Checkout History

This is a guide to help patron’s set their account to save a record of the items they’ve checked out. This can be useful in seeing which items a patron has already checked out while searching the catalog.

Field 264 and copyright symbols

The question: "Today and a couple of times prior to today when I'm importing records from other places there are a couple different places that have weird =264 \4 field. The ones I've been encountering look like this: =264 \4$c℗♭2014. "... we can not figure out why they're using the ℗♭ instead of using the © when cataloging a book." The reason why these characters appear in imported record is because other library systems handle special characters like © differently than Evergreen does.

Field 520 - Summary

This week's tip focuses on Field 520, which displays as "Summary, etc."  and is used to hold a short description or "blurb" about the work being cataloged.   As you may know, we recently concluded a survey regarding the Sage catalog, and one of the most frequently received comments from our patrons was: "More blurbs please!"   Therefore, this Tip of the Week is to remind/encourage you to add a 520 field and contents to records that don't have it.  Your patrons will thank you. "But wait!"  you say.

Working in the Holdings Maintenance Screen

 Dear cataloging folks:   This week's tip is not about MARC format, but one of the functions in Evergreen that your permission level allows you to use.  Holdings Maintenance is accessible from the "Actions for this Record" drop-down menu in the OPAC view.  Holdings Maintenance allows you to manage the item and volume records attached to a MARC record.  This week's tip is also explained in more detail in Ch. 10 of the Indiana Evergreen software manual, a copy of which is attached.

Controlled vocabularies (subjects)

For those of you who could not attend today's teleconference, this week's tip will focus on its key takeaway: Types of controlled vocabularies.As you are aware, the Library of Congress Subject Headings index (LCSH) is a ”controlled vocabulary,” that is, a list of authorized words to use in 6xx fields. But what are these other types of subject headings that we find … especially that weird one that is in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS?

Uniform Title as Main Entry

In last week's cataloging tip, we discussed Field 240 = Uniform Title - Added Entry.  As you may recall, this is used to bring together what RDA calls "closely related expressions of the same work," when that work has an identifiable creator.  (AACR2 calls it "multiple editions with variant title statements," but it means the same thing.) This week we are going to talk about Uniform Title as a main entry -- that is to say, for works that do not have a "creator" as such.  How does that work, you ask?

MARC Field 240 - Uniform Title (Title Added Entry)

  A uniform title as an added entry  is used when 1) a work has appeared under varying titles, necessitating that a particular title be chosen to represent the work, AND 2) the work has a named creator listed as the main entry (1xx field) - either an individual or a group.   The most common examples of works meeting these criteria are: a) "authored classics," e.g. The Oddessy by Homer, b) "single-author collections," e.g.

Author Main Entry vs. Title Main Entry (and indicators for field 245)

  The first indicator in the 245 field is not always a ‘1’.  Sometimes it is '0'. Which one to use is determined by whether or not the title is the "main entry" for the record. What do we mean by "main" entry? It’s the primary heading for the resource you are cataloging - that is to say, the preferred means of identification.  If there is a person (or group) named as being primarily responsible for the content of the resource, i.e.

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