Free Books: Loading Brief MARC Records for Open-Access Books in an Academic Library Online Catalog

Beall, Jeffrey Free Books: Loading Brief MARC Records for Open-Access Books in an Academic Library Online Catalog. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 2009, vol. 47, n. 5, pp. 452-463. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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English abstract

Mbooks are open-access, digitized books freely available on the Internet. This article describes the Auraria Library's experience of loading brief MARC records for Mbooks into its online public access catalog and looks at some of the issues that arose from the record-loading project. Despite the low quality of the records, librarians in Auraria Library thought that loading them into the catalog was advantageous because of the rich content in the collection, and because many of the records could be improved using the global update functionality in the catalog. Making the records available through the catalog, as opposed to merely linking to the entire collection from the Library's Web page, was considered to be valuable because of the aggregation a catalog provides, and because the Mbooks collection helped fill gaps in the Library's physical collections. As more open-access, digitized books become available, libraries will need to plan and manage how best to provide access to them.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Auraria Library Hathi Trust library catalogs MARC records Mbooks metadata metadata quality open-access books University of Colorado Denver
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HO. e-books.
Depositing user: Jeffrey Beall
Date deposited: 22 Jun 2011
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:19


1. Mbooks changed its name to Hathi Trust Digital Repository in September, 2008. Because the project and the collection is still more commonly referred to as Mbooks, I use that term in this paper.

2. For a description of the project from the University of Michigan’s perspective, see: Christina Kelleher Powell, "OPAC Integration in the Era of Mass Digitization: the MBooks Experience". Library Hi Tech. 26, no. 1 (2008): 24-32.

3. Google, “Google Books Library Project: An enhanced card catalog of the world's books,” (accessed September 28, 2008).

4. University of Michigan Libraries, Mbooks, (accessed September 28, 2008).

5. Millie Jackson, “Using Metadata to Discover the Buried Treasure in Google Book Search,” Journal of Library Administration 47, no. 1-2 (2008): 165-173.

6. Jonathan Rothman, e-mail message to author, July 23, 2008.

7. Terry Reese, “Harvesting UMich OAI records with MarcEdit,” Terry’s Worklog, (accessed July 23, 2008).

8. Thomas R. Bruce and Diane I. Hillmann, “The Continuum of Metadata Quality: Defining, Expressing, Exploiting,” In Metadata in Practice, ed. Diane I. Hillmann and Elaine L. Westbrooks (Chicago: ALA Editions, 2004), 238-256.

9. Jonathan Rothman, e-mail message to author, July 23, 2008.

10. Karen Coyle, “Amputation,” Coyle’s Information, (accessed, September 26, 2008).

11. Ibid.


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