mARCatTM – Scope’s MARC Record Services

The availability and demand for e-content have exploded, and with rapidly growing e-content, publishers, information service providers and other digital content providers are focusing on augmenting usage of e-books, journals etc. It is widely reported that creating librarian-friendly MARC records and enhanced metadata could improve discoverability, and hence, libraries are expecting publishers to provide MARC records for their titles. Further, it is clear that customized, more enriched, and more granular MARC records are in demand to support discoverability.

Scope has been offering MARC record services for ebooks, journals and other technical publications of publishers, information aggregators and leading standards organizations. Leveraging this experience, Scope has developed mARCat™ to enable the creation of MARC records for content using dynamic cataloging templates based on MARC standards and AACR 2 / RDA rules. The records are validated by Scope’s subject matter experts (SMEs). The mARCat™ platform creates dynamic tags / MARC fields (i.e. customizable to clients’ requirements), and the data-rich tagging (enhanced / enriched with all relevant metadata) improves the discoverability of the content.

To ensure quality of the final output, Scope’s has stringent quality measures in place at each stage of the MARC creation process. Scope uses advanced technologies to convert the final output files as per clients’ requirement, such as .mrc and XML.

With robust technology-assisted processes and its team’s expertise, Scope is well positioned to perform:

  • Original Cataloging: Creation of MARC records

  • Copy Cataloging: Validating / Updating MARC records

  • MARC Catalog Analysis: Analysis of catalogs with a large number of MARC records to identify missing metadata in MARC tags, incomplete metadata, misplaced data and incorrect data

  • AACR2 to RDA Crosswalk: Transformation of MARC records in AACR2 format to RDA format

  • ONIX to MARC Crosswalk: Conversion of ONIX version of metadata to MARC21 format

Features and Benefits:

Scope has an experienced bibliographic / cataloging team comprising library professionals with MLIS qualifications and expertise in creating and updating MARC formats (AACR2 and RDA). Scope’s team can handle the creation and maintenance of multilingual Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) and has exposure to CDS/ISIS (Computerized Documentation System), subject classification, and language transliteration technology (Graphics and Intelligence Script Base Technology).

Experience and Expertise:

Scope has experienced editors with knowledge of library classifications schemes, including ‘DDC’, ‘Colon’ and ‘LCCN’; they are well-versed with bibliographic databases such as ISSN, OCLC and British Library Catalogue and vendor catalogs of different publishers.

SME Domains:

In addition to Library and Information Science professionals, Scope has in-house SMEs in Medical, Engineering, Science, Law and Humanities to validate subject classifications assigned by the catalogers for journals in the respective domains.

Multilingual Capabilities:

Scope also has an in-house team of experienced language translators and editors in French and German, and an external panel of language experts in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Spanish.

Well-structured Database:

Scope’s MARC creation services offer clean and accurate local databases without any duplication to enhance end-users’ search experience. MARC records from Scope enable accurate merging of records, eliminating the mix of large print editions with regular print editions of books and books with audiotapes.

Enhanced Information:

Scope’s mARCat™ offers individual libraries with additional details, such as own holdings information, call number, notations etc.

Extensive Publication Coverage:

mARCat™ can catalog books, magazines, newspapers, videos, computer programs, dissertations and maps, enabling libraries to share their bibliographic resources.