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Working with My Records



Overview

The My records tab displays a grid containing records that were either imported into BestMARC or created by searching for or cataloging original records. You can choose the columns to display that will show information about your record or the actual data inside of your record.

Use the features of the grid to browse your records, find errors, search, or make copies. You can open any record in the MARC editor to update it. When finished working on your records, Exporting them will remove them from the grid.

My records grid

You can customize the grid in many different ways depending on your preferences and what you are working on. These preferences are saved inside your browser, so they will be remembered the next time you start BestMARC.

Click the Expand / Collapse button located on the upper-right of the screen to Show or Hide the top pane, allowing more space to view Records. You can also resize the top and bottom panes by clicking and dragging the resizer space between them.

My Records and Profile

Your BestMARC User Profile contains settings specific to your library such as the Library Automation System you use and whether you catalog using AARC2 or RDA. You can set up these preferences by clicking on Profile in the orange bar at the top of the BestMARC page.

When saving records into the My Records grid, BestMARC uses these Profile settings to customize the columns. For instance, it needs to know what Library Automation System you use so it knows where to find the copy/holdings information in your records.

BestMARC also stores your My Records customizations such as column sizes and positions in your browser so they will be remembered each time you log on from the browser. If you wish to restore your preferences back to their defaults, go into the Profile's Account tab and in the Local Preferences section click the Restore to defaults button.

Note: If you change certain profile settings or don't have a profile set up, some columns may be blank or appear to be incorrect. Opening and saving or exporting and re-importing the records with proper profile settings will update the column data. For instance, if you change your Cataloging Standard from AACR2 to RDA, you will need to reload records already in your My Records grid in order for the Status column to recalculate the new error status of your records using RDA rules.

Menu

The top of the grid contains a menu that offers commands, options, navigation, and help.

The menu contains the following options:

Browsing data

The bottom of the grid has a number of controls that let you navigate around your data.

The Show rows dropdown selects how many items are shown in the grid at a time. This is called a page of data. Use the mousewheel or scrollbar to move up and down in the grid to view all the rows on the current page.

You can move to different pages of data by clicking to go to the next page of data, to go to the previous page of data, or entering a page number in the Go to page box and pressing Enter on the keyboard.

The grid always shows you which items you are looking at and their type. When sorting on different columns, rows in the grid can represent MARC records, holdings in your MARC records, or other data such as ISBNs.

Columns

Details

The following columns can be added to the grid:

  • Status
    • The error or warning status for the record
    • has least 1 error
    • has no errors and at least 1 warning
    • Blank has no errors or warnings
    • Errors and warnings are based on your Library Automation System and Cataloging Standard (AACR2/RDA) in your Profile
    • Open the record to see the actual errors or warnings and fix them
  • ISBN
    • MARC records can have multiple ISBNs. When sorted by ISBN, the grid will change to show one row per ISBN instead of one row per record
  • Author
  • Title
    • Contains the title and subtitle. Non-filing characters are ignored for sorting purposes, but still are displayed
  • Publisher
  • Date
  • Extent
  • Series
  • Edition
  • Call Number
    • MARC records can have multiple copies/holdings. When sorted by Call Number, the grid will change to show one row per copy/holding instead of one row per record
  • Barcode
    • MARC records can have multiple copies/holdings. When sorted by Barcode, the grid will change to show one row per copy/holding instead of one row per record
  • # Copies
    • The total number of copy/holdings in the record associated with this row
  • Material Type
  • Updated
    • Date/Time when record was last updated in BestMARC
  • Created
    • Date/Time when record was first created in BestMARC
  • Imported
    • Date/Time when record was first imported into BestMARC. Blank if record was not imported but found from a search or cataloged

Moving and Resizing

Click and drag the divider to the right of a column's header to resize the column.

Click and drag the column's name to the left or right to move the column.

Double-click the divider between columns to auto-size the column based on the content on the current page.

Show/Hide

The columns to display in the grid and their order can be customized. To choose the columns to display, select Options > Customize columns from the grid's menu. The following window is displayed:

Columns

Check the box next to the columns to display. Click and drag the rows up and down to reorder them.

Sorting

Click on a column header to sort it in Ascending order. Click it again to sort it in Descending order. Click it a 3rd time to remove the sort.

The column that is sorted is shaded in light grey and has an up or down arrow next to its name denoting either an ascending or descending sort.

When hovering over a column header, a menu appears to its right. Click it to open a menu of options:

Column Menu

In this menu, you can choose the type of sort you want or to remove the sorting.

Sorting by copy/holding fields

Copy/holdings fields are configured by setting your Library Automation System in your Profile.

Because each MARC record can have multiple copies in it, when sorting by Barcode or Call Number the grid changes from showing one row per MARC record to showing one row per copy/holding. Records without holdings display with blank holdings information.

When sorted by copy/holdings, the grid's bottom display will change to display copy/holdings.

Copies

Sorting by ISBN

Because each MARC record can have multiple ISBNs in it, when sorting by ISBN the grid changes from showing one row per MARC record to showing one row per ISBN. Records without ISBNs display with a blank ISBN column.

When sorted by ISBN, the grid's bottom display will change to display ISBNs.

ISBNs

Filtering

When hovering over a column header, a menu appears to its right. Click it to open a menu of options:

Column Menu

Type in a search term and click Filter to filter your results to see just the rows that have that text in the column.

You can further filter on additional columns if you wish.

Columns that are filtered will display the icon. The following column is sorted in ascending order and has a filter:

Column Filtered

To remove a filter, open the menu and click Clear.

Edit a record

There are three ways to edit a MARC record in the grid:

  • Double-click a row. The record will open up in the MARC editor.
  • Right-click a row and select Edit from the menu that pops up.

    Context menu

  • Click a row in the grid to select it. Then select the Records > Edit item from the grid's menu.

    Records menu

Duplicate a Record

If you are creating several records with similar information, such as many records in the same series, you can create a copy of a record you've already cataloged and modify it to catalog your new record.

  1. Catalog your first record so it is in the grid.

  2. Right-click a row and select Duplicate from the menu that pops up or select Records > Duplicate from the grid's menu.

    Context menu

  3. A duplicate copy of the record will open in the cataloger. Make the changes needed for your next record. Changes will not affect the original record.

    Duplicate copy

  4. Click Save. The new record will now show in your My Records list.

    New Saved records

Selecting records

Selecting records from the grid lets you choose the record or records you want to work with. You can then perform actions on the records that are selected.

  • To select a single row, click on it. Any previously selected row will be unselected.
  • To select multiple rows, hold down the Ctrl key and click on additional rows.
  • To select a sequential list of rows, click on the first row, hold down the Shift key, and then click on the last row.

If the rows you'd like to select are on different pages, you can change the grid to a different page of results and continue your selections using the Ctrl method. Clicking on a single row without holding Ctrl will clear all the selections.

Deleting records

Deleting records from the grid will remove them only from BestMARC. If the records were already in your automation system, they will remain there unaffected.

  1. If you wish to delete all records in the grid, select Records > Delete > All from the grid's menu.

    Records menu

  2. If you wish to delete only certain records, first select the rows in the grid you wish to delete, then do one of the following:

    • Right-click a row and select Delete from the menu that pops up.

      Context menu

    • Press the Delete key on your keyboard.

      If you wish to bypass the confirmation screen that will appear, hold down the Ctrl key while pressing Delete to delete the records without confirmation.

    • Select the Records > Delete > Selected item from the grid's menu to delete just the selected records.

      Records menu

  3. A confirmation screen will ask you if you are sure you wish to delete the record(s). Click Delete to confirm.

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