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Library Carpentry: MarcEdit: Glossary

Key Points

Introduction to MarcEdit
  • MarcEdit is a tool for working with bibliographic metadata, specifically in the MARC format

  • MarcEdit can be used to open and edit MARC files

  • MarcEdit can be used to convert between several different library bibliographic metadata formats, including different expressions of MARC such as MARCXML and Mnemonic MARC

Top Level Menu Features
  • MarcEdit offers the ability to add shortcuts to the main window

  • MarcEdit allows you to set preferences for features and tools such as the main window or the MarcEditor

  • Preferences can be accessed using the gearbox icon, going to Tools -> Preferences or using the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Shift+P

Working with MARC files
  • MarcEdit can work with a variety of file formats

  • The MARC Tools Icon allow you to convert data from one file format to another

  • The MarcEditor works with a MarcEdit specific mnemonic format of MARC records (.mrk)

  • It is necessary to break a MARC binary file to work with that MARC data in the MarcEditor. The extension of these easily readable MARC files are .mrk rather than the binary extension of .mrc

Working in the MarcEditor
  • MarcEditor is a tool to work with MARC data in an easily readable format

  • The MarcEditor can be used to perform a number of different functions such as adding, deleting MARC fields or subfields, building MARC fields, running reports, or checking the validity of MARC data

  • The MarcEditor can be used to perform one task at a time or automate a set of tasks for particular types of MARC files

Profiling Your MARC data
  • MarcEditor provides many different tools and reports to profile and edit your MARC records

Manipulating MARC data
  • MarcEdit can be used to edit any part of the MARC data including the Leader, fixed fields, fields, indicators, subfields and the content in those fields.

  • MarcEdit comes with an array of tools to manipulate data and validate MARC.

Tasks and Automation
  • MarcEdit tasks are a way to automatic a series of functions

  • Tasks can consist of any type of function among the MarcEditor tools

  • Understand what integrations are

  • Understand where to set up an integration

Regular Expressions
  • Regular expressions are a powerful tool for selecting and editing your data in the MarcEditor

  • Regular expressions can be used in many functions and tools in MarcEdit and the MarcEditor

  • Knowing your data is essential to ensuring your regular expressions are working as intended