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
The CRS is an in-depth compendium of cataloging information, easily accessed with one keystroke (F1). It is a context-sensitive help source for specific cataloging questions as you are cataloging, or as a supplementary source for cataloging information.
By providing quick access to standards information, the CRS helps catalogers produce uniform, high-quality cataloging records. It includes the following resources and manuals:
ITS.MARC Network status
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.