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Academic Edition for Educators


BestMARC Academic Edition provides educators the platform they need to teach cataloging with a powerful online MARC editor using either AACR2 or RDA standards with built-in tips and examples. The educator account also allows management of their student accounts, viewing of student activity, and collecting assignments.

An educator's BestMARC account has all the same functionality as Student accounts, with the added ability to manage the organization's student accounts and assignments.

Review the Academic Edition for Students documentation for more details about the student accounts, including information about cataloging, importing MARC records, and submitting assignments.

Managing Student Accounts

An educator's BestMARC account is created as the Account Manager for your organization with the ability to add, update, and delete student BestMARC accounts. This account also allows access to view statistics on how much your class and inidividual student accounts are using BestMARC.

Review the Account Details, Statistics, and Licensing documentation for details on how to license student accounts. BestMARC Academic Edition is licensed based on the number of student users in the class.

Features and User Profiles

BestMARC has several options in order to deal with a variety of educational needs. Educators should review the Profile (found in the orange bar at the top of the screen) and decide which options students should use for the class. Make sure to tell them to set their User Profile to the appropriate settings for the curriculum.

  • Library Automation System - In order to customize copy/holdings based on a library's automation system, set this to match the holdings type you want to teach to. You can have students specify a custom LAS exactly as you define by selecting and filling out the Custom... option, pick a widely-used system such as Destiny, or an open source one such as OPALS.
  • MARC Editing - Have students select Advanced in order to show the MARC Leader and Control fields in the MARC editor. Select Standard to hide them.
  • Cataloging Standard - Make sure students select the appropriate cataloging standard that is being taught: RDA or AACR2.

Assignments and Download Center

When students are finished with their assignment, they can submit their assignments directly to the educator's Download Center for review. Click on the Download Center link in the orange bar at the top of the screen. Please note that Student BestMARC users do not see the Download Center in the navigation bar.

Download Center

The page displays the records that all users have submitted, the descriptions they entered, along with the date and time and user who submitted them.

Tip: When giving a student assignment, have them enter the assignment's name as the Description when submitting their assignment. This way, you can keep track of which assignment the records are for in the Download Center.

Click the Download button next to an item to download it. The indicates a file has never been downloaded before.

Most browsers will automatically download files to a default location on your computer. Here are the default locations based on your operating system version:

  • Windows 7 and later: C:\Users\<username>\Downloads
  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\Downloads
  • Mac: /Users/username/Downloads

Some older versions of Internet Explorer will prompt you and ask where you want to download the file. Please note the location where you save the file to.

After downloading the MARC file, it can be imported back into BestMARC. It is recommended to make sure your My Records grid is empty to avoid confusing records among students.


Mitinet is always striving to improve our products. We love to hear feature suggestions and comments.

Click the Submit Feedback link at the bottom of the BestMARC page to tell us what features we can build to help make your job easier. If you need immediate help, contact Mitinet Technical Support.

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