After many months of conversation, internal testing, plus one substantial live run, we are thrilled to announce that Backstage is now able to add 34X fields to your bibliographic records as part of your automated RDA enrichment processing.
Under RDA, the 34X fields provide a place for characteristics of an item’s format and presentation, allowing details that go beyond the prescribed range of CMC terms in the 33X fields. These descriptors are often already present in the MARC record, but they are scattered across a range of fields and subfields. Placing this information into 34X fields can make the data more accessible to emerging discovery tools, opening new avenues for faceted search and linked data.
As part of our authority control process, Backstage can now add an authority record’s control number to the matching bibliographic record’s access points. Some ILS databases can potentially use the $0 to generate an easier linking method when updating headings in bib records. Continue reading
Nate Cothran, Vice President of Automation Services here at Backstage Library Works, and Jeremy Myntti, Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian for the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, have written a paper, titled: “Authority Control in a Digital Repository: Preparing for Linked Data”. The paper was published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Library Metadata. Continue reading