Magic REcon: Turn Brief MARC Records Into Full
Don’t have time to catalog with more than an ISBN and title? Magic REcon accurately
replaces your incomplete, substandard MARC records with quality, full records.
With MARC REcon, you no longer have to complete your brief records individually,
line by line. Magic REcon can be used to update records that contain as little as
just a title!
No need to worry about losing important information from your original records.
Magic REcon merges your existing records with our full records. Keep your holdings,
local fields, and any other fields you select intact.
How does Magic REcon work?
First, export copies of MARC records from your library automation system and import
them into Magic REcon.
Magic REcon works by comparing your MARC records to records in our extensive MARC
database. Material type, title, author, publication, and publisher are all used
to compare records.
These comparisons are rated. The more in common records have, the higher rating
they receive. Highly rated records are considered matches. Magic REcon has determined
matches to be full versions of your original records. Your matches will be merged
with your original records to create new, full records.
Records that don’t rate highly enough to be considered matches are possible matches.
Possible matches are near misses. You can look through these records and try to
spot matches where Magic REcon couldn’t. When you determine that a record has a
match, it is moved to the matches group. Records that you couldn’t find matches
for are moved to the no hits group.
Records that have low rated matches are considered no hits. You have the option
to export, catalog, remove your no hits, or fix them and match again.
You can work with your matches, possible matches, and no hits in any order as they
are all stored in Magic REcon until you export or delete them.
Once Magic REcon is finished matching your records, you can follow the step-by-step
instructions to export them from Magic REcon and import the updated records back
into your library automation system, replacing the original, brief records.
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