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Global Editing


Global Editing means editing several records at once. It is a fast and powerful way to make changes to a collection of MARC records based on your criteria.

A Global Edit is a set of instructions that you create to describe what edits you want to make and under what conditions you want those edits to happen. You name this Global Edit so you can refer to it later or Share it with your colleagues.

Global Edits are managed on the Edit tab.

BestMARC Edit Tab

Select a Global Edit in the list and click one of the buttons in the toolbar above (or right-click it and select an option from the menu) to perform that action. The sections below detail how to create and run your Global Edits:

  • New - create a new Global Edit.
  • Modify - make changes to an existing Global Edit.
  • Preview - see what changes a Global Edit will make before making them.
  • Run - execute the Global Edit and make changes to your records.

Once you create several Global Edits, you can compile them into a special type of Global Edit called a Workflow which runs many Global Edits successively as a batch.


  • On the Edit tab, click the New button and a menu appears:

    New Menu
  • Select New Global Edit...
  • The New Global Edit configuration window opens: New Global Edit Configuration

    The configuration window is where you define what you want your Global Edit to do.

  • Select a Command (type of global edit) you wish to perform by clicking on one of the command buttons. Review the Commands documentation for details about each of the four command types.

  • The configuration window updates based on the available options for the Command that was selected. For example, an Add or change field/subfields command looks like this:

    New Global Edit Configuration
  • Fill out the Command's settings and add Actions and Conditions based on what you want your Global Edit to do.
  • Click Save and the following window is displayed:

  • Enter a name for this Global Edit and click Save.

  • The Global Edit now appears in the Private folder. To make changes to it later, select it from the list and click Modify.


  • On the Edit tab, find and select the Global Edit from the list that you want to change.

    BestMARC Edit Tab
  • Click Modify. As a shortcut you can double-click on a Global Edit to Modify it, or right-click on it and select Modify from the menu.

  • The Global Edit configuration window opens with the Global Edit's current configuration: Modify Global Edit Configuration
  • Make the required changes to your Global Edit.

    • Review the Commands documentation for details about each of the four command types.

    • Add or Delete Actions as needed.

    • Add or Delete Conditions as needed.

  • Click Save.


Before making changes to your records, you should test your Global Edit to make sure that it works as intended. This will open a side-by-side view of your records to let you compare changes, however no changes will be saved into your records.

  • On the Edit tab, select the Global Edit and click Preview.

  • The Preview Global Edit window opens:

    Preview Settings
  • Select the records you wish to preview.

    • Selected records - Preview just the selected records of the My Records grid.
    • Current page of records - Preview all the records on the current page of the My Records grid.
    • All records - Previews cannot be run on All records, so this option is disabled.
    • Run as preview - Leave this checked to run a Preview. Uncheck to change the preview into a Run.
  • Click Preview. The preview window opens:


The Original record appears on the left (before changes were made) and the Updated record appears on the right.

Click on a row in the Results section to view it in the record viewers above. Click the Previous or Next buttons to select the previous or next records in the list.

  • The numbers in the results represent the number of Adds, Changes, and Deletes that were performed by the global edit. For instance, this row has 0 Adds, 4 Changes, and 1 Delete.
  • The highlighted rows in the record viewers correspond to the same colors as the Adds (yellow), Changes (blue), and Deletes (red) in the row counts.
  • Rows that have no changes are dimmed to make it easier to see rows with changes.
  • Click the arrow next to the row to see full change details for that row.

Click View Summary to view a detailed summary of how many changes were made.


When you are confident that your Global Edit is working correctly, you can run it on your records to make the changes.

  • Select the Global Edit and click Run on the Edit tab.

  • The Run Global Edit window opens:

    Run Settings
  • Select the records you wish to update.

    • Selected records - Update just the selected records of the My Records grid.
    • Current page of records - Update all the records on the current page of the My Records grid.
    • All records - Update all records of the My Records grid.
    • Run as preview - Leave this unchecked to update your records. Check to change this into a Preview to preview changes that would be made without making changes.
  • Click Run. A new tab opens:


    The records are now removed from the My Records grid. The Status of the job will periodically be updated on this tab. You can continue working in BestMARC or close it and your job will continue processing.

  • When your job has finished processing, the records are loaded back into the My Records grid and a report appears in the same tab.


    You can now close this tab by clicking the X in the tab's header.

  • If you have closed BestMARC or would like to view the report again, it can be viewed again from the Activity Log of the Account page. Click on the Report link in the Detail column of a Global Edit Run event. Activity Log Report

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