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Machine Readable Cataloguing (Marc)

Our Marc records are widely regarded as the highest quality, most comprehensive Marc records available for foreign-language titles. They really are that good.


All The Formats Available

Our UKMarc utility was developed in 2005 with assistance from Bradford Central Library. It was tested with Concerto and Axiell Galaxy systems.

Our Marc21 utility was introduced in 2007 with assistance from Leicestershire and Auckland Libraries. It was tested with Talis, Millennium and SirsiDynix systems.

Our Marc21rda utility was introduced in 2013 to support the changes from AACR2 to RDA. A consultative exercise with BDS, our Libraries and the key LMS vendors, ensuring a smooth transition to the new standards.

Our USMarc utility was introduced in 2014 to support our libraries in Australia. RDA requirements have also been accommodated in our USMarc records.

Our Marc XML utility was launched in 2016 to support our Academic and International libraries. We view XML as 'the way forward' and have made significant strides in XML for our Marc and EDI systems.

Quality, Value and Flexibility

Books Asia is the only foreign-languages supplier to create in-house Marc records. We have invested in technology, and built our expertise by working with BDS and many Cataloguers across the UK and beyond.

Our Marc records are always supplied free of charge.

Customised Tags for your library are developed free of charge (almost all libraries request Customised / Legacy Tags);

Our records can be sent to you by email, or uploaded to BDS, or deposited on the Books Asia FTP Server.

We are registered with The British Library with MARC Organisation Code UKBfBA and ISIL Code GB-UkBfBA.

Our Standard Tags

Books Asia's records are always created 'book-in-hand'. They are specific to each title, and contain a comprehensive set of 30+ Tags, plus any additional (eg 9XX) Tags specified by your library. Here's one of our Marc21-RDA records for a Sinhalese book, showing some of the Tags we generate:

=LDR  01526nam 2200445 i 4500
=001  BFBA048770
=003  UkBfBA
=005  20170804191326.0
=007  ta
=008  170804s2011\\\\ce\\\\\\\\\\\\000\1\sin\d
=020  \\$a9789558933589 (paperback.) :$c{pound}12.00
=028  50$aBFBA048770
=035  \\$a(UkBfBA)BFBA048770
=037  \\$bhttp://www.booksasia.co.uk
=040  \\$aUkBfBA$cUkBfBA$erda
=041  1\$asin$heng
=043  \\$aa-ce---
=050  \4$aPK2850$b.M473 2011
=100  1\$aMehta, Gita.$eauthor.
=245  10$aNadi Suthra /$cGita Mehta.
=246  11$aA river Sutra
=260  \\$aColombo :$bM. D. Gunasena,$c2011.
=264  \1$aColombo :$bM. D. Gunasena,$c2011.
=300  \\$a232 pages ;$c22 cm.
=336  \\$atext$btxt$2rdacontent
=337  \\$aunmediated$bn$2rdamedia
=338  \\$avolume$bnc$2rdacarrier
=340  \\$aPaperback
=365  \\$a01$b12.00$cGBP
=500  \\$aFiction.
=520  \\$aSet on the banks of India's holiest river amid the constant traffic of pilgrims, archaeologists, policemen, priests, and traders, A River Sutra weaves the richness of India into the dangerous lives of its characters.
=521  \\$aAdult.
=546  \\$aSinhalese - Originally published in English.
=650  \0$aSinhalese fiction.
=655  \7$aGeneral Fiction$2bicssc
=856  48$3Cover Image$uhttp://www.booksasia.co.uk/downloads/CoverImages/SIN/48770.jpg
=949  \1$nPO 44950
=960  \\$a1$s12.00$tqnlit$umgmulti$vbasia$zgbp4.900
=980  \\$a01-08-17$b12.00
=981  \\$abasia$bmgmulti$cqnlit

Our Marc records have gained a reputation for being comprehensive, great value (free!) and for saving much re-keying time.

Bibliographic Data Services (BDS)

In 2011 we teamed up with BDS to make our Marc files available via the BDS Direct Data Feed . If you have a Public Library License, your BDS data-feed will stream your Marc records directly to your LMS.

For more information, please review the article in the BDS Newsletter, or contact Sarah Armitage (BDS) on 07860-324570.

European Language Tags

For our European libraries, we can tailor our Marc records for your language.

We implemented Swedish Marc records for Malmö Stadsbibliotek in 2011. All meta-data such as age-group, genre, language, book type, binding etc is generated in Swedish. For example, 'Adult' is tagged as 'Vuxen', 'Crime' is tagged as 'Spänning' and 'Arabic' is tagged as 'Arabiska' etc.

All European languages can be accommodated in this manner. The end-result is a better experience for readers searching your on-line catalogues.

We Are Ready for RDA

RDA is the new cataloguing standard that will replace Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition (AACR2).

Designed for the digital world and an expanding universe of metadata users, RDA: Resource Description and Access is the new, unified cataloging standard. RDA provides a comprehensive set of guidelines and instructions covering all types of content and media.

The changes affect our Marc records in the following manner:

Very few abbreviations used (eg in TAG 300, '200p ill col' would be replaced by '200 pages, illustrations, colour'').

No more Latin abbreviations (eg in TAG 260, 's.n.' would be replaced by 'publisher not identified').

Leader (position 18) uses 'i' to denote RDA rather than 'a' for AACR.

TAG 040 $e used to specify RDA.

TAG 100 $e now used to include standardised Relators (eg author, translator, editor etc).

GMDs (General Material Designation) in TAG 245 $h replaced by TAGS 336, 337 and 338.

TAG 260 replaced by TAG 264 (we will maintain both for now).

RDA moves libraries forward into the digital age by providing instructions for cataloguing digital as well as traditional resources. It builds on the strengths of AACR2, focuses on the needs of users to easily find, identify, select, and obtain the materials they need.