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Thinking Linking Synthesis - Fall 2014
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The following information synthesizes the content of BCCLS' three 'Thinking Linking' sessions held this past Fall. In conjunction with this synthesis, the Polaris Training Manual is now part of the BCCLS Knowledge Base and is, at times, referred to in this synthesis. Please review the training manuals (http://bccls.knowledgebase.co/category.php?id=70) in the Knowledge Base and note the (slight) change in format. Also, be sure all appropriate staff are familiar with both the Knowledge Base and the location of the training manuals. There is a link to the Knowledge Base on the Staff page of the BCCLS website.
Need help or have a question when linking?
Accessing the Help Desk form is easy.
www.bccls.org > Staff site > Support > Help Desk
Select Linking or Database Error Reports from the Problem Type drop down menu and complete the form.
If submitting a database error report, we will only respond if additional information is needed.
New Manuals, including Linking in the Knowledge Base
The Polaris training manuals have been added to the Knowledge Base. They are located within the Training entry.
www.bccls.org > Staff site > Knowledge Base > Training > Polaris
Since Polaris go-live on 12/12/12, bibliographic records for titles that had a copyright date older than two years AND had no items linked to it were shadowed from the online catalog and only visible through the client. This is no longer the case. ALL records, regardless of year of publication or holdings, are now visible in the PAC.
Currently, requesting the addition of titles to the database is done through the submission of photocopies of the title page & verso for print materials and cover and disc for media. These are the primary sources of information for description of the item. Using these sources ensures that our bibliographic metadata is compliant with global bibliographic standards.
Here is a sample of a title page and verso.
Photocopies require the use of the BCCLS stamp. This stamp is used to identify the submitting library, date of submission and other descriptive elements (pagination, ISBN, UPC, series titles) which may not be found on the photocopies. Please complete all applicable fields, including pagination. If an item is not paginated, please indicate this on the pagination line (“unpaged”, “unp.”, or “no pagination” are perfectly acceptable). Leaving the pagination line blank indicates to the catalogers that the pagination line was left blank not that the item is unpaginated.
Additionally, the BCCLS stamp also contains a line for citing a review. Reviews are used to prioritize submissions as it is understood that multiple libraries will purchase reviewed materials. It benefits everyone if these titles can be added to the database as quickly as possible. Please cite from professional reviewing sources such as Publisher's Weekly or Library Journal. Amazon.com and other such sources do not constitute an authoritative review. A citation should include the name of the source and the date in which the review appeared. Again, reviews are chiefly used for prioritization. Submissions not citing reviews WILL be cataloged if they meet the BCCLS database submission criteria.
When submitting photocopies, it is very helpful to
We return photocopies that do not meet the criteria and those for which no bibliographic record is obtainable to the director of each library for further review. If the director chooses to resubmit those items, it must be accompanied with a written justification.
Please refer to the Policies and Procedures, Collection Development, Catalog Submission section in the Knowledge Base (http://bccls.knowledgebase.co/article.php?id=40) for detailed information on database submission criteria.
Identifying Closed vs Open Entry Records
It is very important that an item be linked to the correct bibliographic record. This is particularly true in the case of open and closed entry bibliographic records. Open entry bibliographic records can best be explained as those records to which periodically updated titles are linked: travel guides, test guides, graphic novels, etc. Closed records are those records which describe a sole edition.
Closed records can easily be identified by the presence of a period (.) after the year of publication/copyright.
Don't assume that because a bibliographic record is for a travel guide or a test guide, it is automatically an open entry record. There are many factors, such as frequency of publication, that impact whether a record is closed or open. Let the - (dash) or . (period) be your guide. The safest way to confirm, of course, is to make sure that you get a match on the ISBN.
Which brings us to...
ISBNs play a very important role in the quality of our patrons' interactions with the catalog. In addition to supplying a major access point for searching, they (and UPCs) are the means by which covers are generated. For these reasons, we add ISBNs to existing records when applicable. When it comes to open entry records, this ensures that the most recent cover displays.
We can only add the newest ISBN when we are notified that a new edition has been published. So, if linking the newest Fodor's Italy, for example, you find that the ISBN for the newest edition isn't in the bibliographic record, please notify us and we will confirm and add the ISBN. The most efficient way to do so is to use the database error report form; complete the form using data from the existing record and enter a note containing the new ISBN. This should only be used for items that you would correctly link to open entry records. Any update to a closed record would require a regular database submission.
Polaris does not offer barcode validation, this means that any text (including a blank field) is accepted. The checking in procedure which changes the circulation status from In Process to Available is useful for validating the barcode. When checking in In Process items, if a No Matching Record is Found message appears, be sure to search for the bibliographic record and look at the items that are linked to it. If you see your item, check the barcode for accuracy and edit, if necessary. If your item is not present, simply relink the item.
The Policies and Procedures committee recently assembled a list of recommended locations for barcode placement on items. This recommendation would greatly improve efficiency of circulation transactions when handling out of town materials.
The recommendation can be found in the Policies and Procedures manual and is broken down by format.
www.bccls.org > Staff site > Knowledges Base > Policies and Procedures > Collection Development > Linking Items
When acquiring a new periodical, a summary holding record is linked to the bibliographic record of that title. Use the call number field to indicate the holding information (CURRENT YEAR, CURRENT YEAR +1, etc.)
Each issue is subsequently linked to your library's current periodical record. There are multiple records for each library. These records are broken down by year in alphabetical clumps and are generally named XXXX Current Periodicals (e.g. ALDL Current Periodicals 2015 A-G). Link each issue to the appropriate record and enter the title in the Class field and issue information (e.g. August 1, 2015) in the Cutter field of the call number. Instructions on linking the individual issues to periodicals can be found in the Knowledge Base in Section C12 - Linking Periodicals (http://bccls.knowledgebase.co/article.php?id=197)
If a bibliographic record for a new periodical doesn't exist or there is a substantial title change, please submit the title for cataloging.
Linking Multi-piece Items
BCCLS' policy when linking a multipiece item is one bibliographic record = one barcode.
Linking and collectionHQ
collectionHQ is an Evidence Based Stock Management (EBSM) system available to all BCCLS libraries once your library's training is complete. The first series of training sessions will be completed (weather permitting) by the end of February 2015. collectionHQ enables you to analyze your collection in new and highly productive ways and will help you select, manage, and promote your library's collection based on in depth analysis of your materials. So whether you have come to training for collectionHQ or not, the following are a few tips to make collectionHQ work optimally for your library.
Items marked for deletion will be purged from the system on the 2nd of each month. If you wish to Undelete an item before it is purged from the database, please refer to section C6: Deleting an Item Record for instructions (http://bccls.knowledgebase.co/article.php?id=190).
Transferring an Item to a Different Bibliographic Record
In some cases, it may be necessary to transfer an item from one bibliographic record to another. Instead of deleting the item and relinking it to the correct bibliographic record, transferring the item maintains all the history (transactions, acquisition, notes, etc.) associated with it. Please refer to section C14: Transferring an Item Record of the manul for instructions (http://bccls.knowledgebase.co/article.php?id=230).
Linking Multiple Copies to the Same Bibliographic Record
There are multiple methods of linking multiple copies to the same bibliographic record.
If linking multiple copies with the same parameters (circulation rule, material type, etc.), begin by scanning the barcodes for each item. Select the template. Once the data populates the fields, click on the number '1' in the Item column of the template to select that field and enter the number of copies. Polaris will then create multiple copies based on the number of copies entered. Please refer to section C3 - Creating an Item Record (http://bccls.knowledgebase.co/article.php?id=184)
If linking additional copies after the first copy has been added. Find the item record for that initial copy, click the New icon, select Copy Existing Work Form and click OK. At this point an exact copy of the existing record has been created. Be sure to change the barcode and any other modification you wish to perform and click Save.
Questions from the Meetings
Why are patrons unable to place hold requests on some titles in the catalog?
For example, "The New Book" by James Patterson is coming out and a bib record is created. Patrons are able to place holds immediately. If FTLE pre-links an item on order, but the item is linked as High Demand (non-holdable), Polaris will prevent any holds from being placed in the PAC because none of the items are eligible to fill the hold. ALDL then pre-links another item on order, but this item will fill holds for ALDL patrons only. Now, ALDL patrons can place holds, but no one else can place holds. Of the two items linked to the record, only the ALDL copy can be used to fill holds and only for ALDL patrons. CLTR comes along and pre-links a copy that can fill holds for everyone. Now all BCCLS patron can place holds.
When pre-linking your items, please keep these factors in mind. Is the item going to be High Demand? If so, consider not linking the item until the street date. When limiting the item to home town patrons only, leave the restriction off of the item until the street date. This allows all BCCLS patrons to place holds and use the system equally.
If I own the last copy attached to a bibliographic record and am in the process of replacing it, what can I do to prevent the record from being purged if I delete or withdraw the item?
Do I need to send a photocopy of the title page if submitting a database error report for an incorrect title?
Why are some items disappearing from the system and come up as not linked when I KNOW they were linked? Did something happen during the migration?
Something odd that I have never seen before happens when I do something that I do all the time and Polaris isn't working right.
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