Re: distinguish dvd from vhs in media icons in webopac?
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We started doing something with material type icons within the past few
months. The key is that III has added some local fixed fields to bib
records, including the material type field. This is usually that same
value as the MARC fixed field rec type. You can add additional values
to the material type field (such as breaking up projected medium into
DVD, VHS, and Other) without breaking MARC standard rules since you are
not changing a MARC field. Only the III software will ever use or see
the material type field. When a MARC record extract is created, the III
fields are not included, only the MARC standard ones; including the
still correct rec type fixed field.
Bottom line: using new material types to allow for better icons in the
webopac has worked out quite well for us with only minimal grumbling
from processing staff who have to remember to use the new material
types. From a system viewpoint, don't let people get carried away. The
material type is a single character field and while you could use letter
and punctuation to create new values, I would recommend sticking to 0
through 9. The letters may one day be used as part of the MARc rec type
standard value and punctuation marks are always an iffy proposition.
Belvadi, Melissa wrote:
Hello. We've seen some libraries are able to have two different media
icons in their webopac for DVDs versus VHS videos. But we've been told
that the icons are tied to the material type field, which is tied to an
officially defined MARC fixed-field tag which doesn't distinguish
different kinds of videos.
So how is this being done?
Does the solution involve the catalogers having to break official MARC
rules, or manually add an extra value somewhere to all records or
something like that? We really want to do this, but the catalogers
really don't want the solution to create extra work for them on a
Any advice, examples, tips, etc. would be greatly appreciated!
Systems and Services Librarian
Maryville University Library
13550 Conway Rd., St. Louis, MO 63141
mbelvadi at maryville dot edu
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