The catalogers met on a Friday morning at the Culinary Institute to hear a presentation from Nina Acosta of Mid-Hudson Library System. The topic of the day was automating tasks, and the content of her presentation is in the video below.
What to do about books or items that have a special provenance, but the item itself is not special?
Getting a new ILS at SUNY - ALMA
eBook packages in the catalog with no indicator that they've been bought
For a Dewey library, new editions didn't get years added to the call number, multiple books with the same call number and title (different sub-titles and editions) They can have up to 10 titles with the same call number. What's a systematic way to standardize the listings?
SOP - Statement of Procedure: documentation to make a step-by-step list of what you do.
Do you catalog for browseability?
Know when you want to automate something, when it's worthwhile
AutoIt - a scripting language. Used for: printing morning tasks, batch updating
SciTE Script Editor comes with AutoIt.
Pseudo-code is a way to write out your code in a readable format before adding coding language.
Once you have a good macro, you can save and share the files and open them when you need them.
MarcEdit is another way to manipulate and batch edit MARC records.
You can also use good old Mail Merges to automate tasks with repetitive data.
Courtney Wimmers Mid-Hudson Library System
Elizabeth Miller Culinary Institute of America
Judy Gitlin Dominican College
Linda McAteer Woodstock Library
Louise Boyle Macdonald DeWitt Library at SUNY Ulster
Madeline Veitch SUNY New Paltz
Matthew Cummings SUNY New Paltz
Megan Coder SUNY New Paltz
Nina Acosta Mid-Hudson Library System