Site license improves access and productivity at the University of Guelph Library

The University of Guelph Library recently upgraded to a BookWhere Suite site license to make the software available to all staff members who want to search for and edit MARC records. Linda Day, Electronic Resources Librarian, reports that cataloguers are especially pleased with how easy it is to create batch editing scripts via macros with Marc Notepad. They use macros to batch-edit ebook records, removing unwanted tags in one quick command. The tags that need to be removed differ from source to source. Using macros is easy and saves staff lots of time.

They have also used BookWhere to search their own catalogue to check for existing records for ebook or ejournal packages. This allows them to identify gaps in MARC record supplies and to divide up a list into titles that need different types of work.

The University of Guelph Library is a resource- and service-intensive place. On a busy day more than 12,000 people walk through its doors, and it has more than a million visits annually. Virtually, students traverse the Web site in excess of 3 million times each year. The partnership with the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University — the Tri-University Group of Libraries (TUG) — provides access to a total of 7 million volumes including its own collection of 2.5 million. The City of Guelph is a vibrant community of over 113,000 with a lively downtown, abundant shopping opportunities, and a dynamic cultural core. Guelph is an hour’s drive from Toronto.

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