RE: [IUG] Link Maintenance Missing Some Bib Records?
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- Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 13:45:30 -0700
- From: "Mary Katherine Johnson" <mk at marmot dot org>
- Subject: RE: [IUG] Link Maintenance Missing Some Bib Records?
We've been battling these same issues with Link Maintenance for over
two years. Steve Bade with Innovative has worked on troubleshooting the
issue from time to time and even spent Labor Day week-end 2005 running L.M.
over our entire database of over 1.25 million bibs. That cleaned it up for
a while but we continue to have trouble with bibs displaying location codes
that don't match the item, checkin or order record locations. It is very
frustrating to staff and causes much confusion for patrons as well.
In the Marmot database, link maintenance runs automatically in the
wee hours after midnight and only on records that have been "touched" in the
previous 24 hours. More and more frequently, I have been gathering batches
of records into a review file and running them through L.M. just to relieve
some of the problem calls.
I'd suggest opening a ticket with Innovative. If enough libraries
report problems with link maintenance, maybe software engineering will take
a look and fix it.
mk at marmot dot org
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[mailto:innopac-bounces at innopacusers dot org] On Behalf Of Stephen McLaughlin
Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 12:42 PM
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Subject: [IUG] Link Maintenance Missing Some Bib Records?
I've run into a weirdness and I'm wondering if anybody else has seen
this, or knows what's causing it.
The first item of information is that we run link maintenance against
our entire database every day, it is run manually and the staff are
instructed to use the following menu choices:
B > BOTH rearrange attached records and update locations
A > ALL types of records -- item, order and checkin
So as far as I can tell, any change to the item, order or checkin
records attached to any bib record should cause changes in the bib-level
So far so good, right?
The next element in the story is that I've been trying to track down how
some bib records wound up with no item, order or checkin records
attached, since it doesn't seem to be happening by our regular database
maintenance procedures. This led me to discover some bib records that
have no attached records of any type, but still have a bib-level
location code. These are not busy or suppressed records. I ran link
maintenance against one such record, and no change was made to the
bib-level location field, even though there were no items, orders or
checkins attached. It's like link maintenance is just skipping the bib
for no reason.
Am I missing something terribly obvious? Is there some glitch in link
maintenance? I've looked in the manual, and I cannot see any reason why
the program would be skipping these bib records. What's worrisome is
that there seem to be more and more bib with these "phantom" holdings.
Help, Mister (or Ms.) Wizard!
The Missing Link?
San Francisco Public Library
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