January 6, 2004-Boston-Ex Libris has announced the production release of MarcIt, Ex Libris' MARC Enhancement Service. With MarcIt, SFX(tm) or MetaLibŪ/SFX customers capitalize on the holdings information in their SFX KnowledgeBase in order to generate an enhanced MetaLib journal list or MARC records for inclusion in their bibliographic catalogs. They have access to the extensive file of bibliographic serial records that Ex Libris maintains for use in automatically upgrading their electronic journal holdings in the two places it matters most: their A-Z title lists and in their library catalogs.
Duquesne University-an SFX site-went live with MarcIt in November 2003. Many other libraries have chosen MarcIt as an essential part of their overall bibliographic creation and maintenance cycle.
According to Michael Kaplan, Ex Libris' Director of Product Management and former Chair of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (the umbrella organization that includes CONSER):
"The Ex Libris MarcIt service solves several dilemmas libraries have faced since the debut of electronic journals on a mammoth scale and more specifically of aggregated collections. With MarcIt, libraries no longer have to accept creating an A-Z list consisting only of brief records for their electronic journals to the exclusion and detriment of proper catalog records in their library management system. To the extent that these journal records are available from our large files, including the Library of Congress serials file of over 1 million titles, libraries can benefit by having the highest quality records available in both their A-Z list and their catalog. Further, these records are updated regularly as part of the Ex Libris KnowledgeBase service, so libraries have a constant feed of updated data for their most volatile titles."
It is precisely MarcIt's elegant solution to these problems, particularly those posed by aggregations, that have been developed by Ex Libris in response to customer requests. The creation and maintenance of aggregated titles is a huge task, and one that libraries prefer not to do individually. MarcIt is yet another significant advantage available to the users of MetaLib and SFX.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. A multinational company, Ex Libris has offices around the world. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 800 sites in 50 countries. MetaLib, the information portal for library collections, and SFX, the context-sensitive linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have been purchased by 500 customers in 30 countries. The DigiTool solution for constructing digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy rounds out the Ex Libris product suite.