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Friday, November 4 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Preserve Local and Institution-Specific Data during Migration to a Network Cataloging Environment

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Augusta University Libraries are in the process of migrating from Ex Libris' Voyager traditional integrated library system (ILS) into Ex Libris' next-generation library management solution Alma. As part of the migration process, our cataloging records, currently created and maintained by our libraries, will be migrated into a collaborative network zone that comprises 29 institutions in the University System of Georgia consortium, to allow for collaborative cataloging among multiple libraries. While most of the data can be transferred by setting up proper mapping, migration of local field information poses a challenge. As an institution comprised of a health sciences library and an academic library, we face a unique challenge in preserving our medical subject headings (MeSH). Based on the migration schedule, some of our bibliographic records with MeSH headings could be replaced by bibliographic records without MeSH headings unless we identify and migrate those records into our institutional zone which will be managed by our libraries. In addition, bibliographic records with local fields such as MARC fields 59X, 69X, and 9XX need to be moved into our institutional zone as well. The authors discuss strategies and tips to prevent data loss during the migration. Beyond this migration, it becomes equally important to think carefully about how to best organize those local fields in a future-proof way in the context of RDA, BIBFRAME and linked-data environment. The authors explore how Alma can help organize local information in bibliographic, holding, and item level records and how local information can be discovered.

Poster co-authors: Sandra Bandy, Chair, Content Management, Augusta University; Rod Bustos,  Assistant Director for Library Systems, Augusta University; Melissa Johnson, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian at  Augusta University.


Li Ma

Cataloging & Metadata Librarian, Augusta University

Friday November 4, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm EDT
Cooper Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401