McHENRY, IL - November 5, 1997 - When a library's database contains authority records, its patrons benefit from additional access points to information, such as with cross references. But cataloging authority records can be confusing. So Follett Software Company has just introduced its MARC Authority Format Guide, an affordable new educational reference tool designed to help those involved with using and creating authority records.
The MARC Authority Format Guide offers a wealth of information regarding MARC authority recordsófrom explaining what authority records are and why they are useful, to outlining correct formatting and providing step-by-step guidance for creating and updating authority records.
"SEE and SEE ALSO cross references are invaluable to an electronic public access catalog. The addition of these references helps patrons find the most ppropriate resource more quickly, and may even point them to a term they hadn't thought about," said Susan Rayfield, Product Manager at Follett Software Company. "The MARC Authority Format Guide helps library media specialists understand how to create and edit authority recordsórecords which are used to create these critical cross references."
Designed in MARC authority tag number order, the Guide includes references to authority tags, as well as the MARC as coordinating bibliographic tags that are impacted by them. It also explains how MARC authority records work hand-in-hand with a database's bibliographic records.
A comprehensive selection of sample records and templates further simplifies the process of creating MARC authority records, providing catalogers with examples to model their own records after, as well as clarification when needed. A sample record appendix grants easy referral to the samples. Through a special bibliography section, sample record appendix is provided for easy reference. The special bibliography section identifies additional cataloging references library media specialists might find helpfulare also easily obtainable. And ample extra space allows for notetaking and the addition of local customizing information.
The MARC Authority Format Guide is designed for use right at a workstation, featuring easel-back styling for easy reading and heavyweight paper to withstand lots of use. The Guide is available for $59.95 (US).
Follett Software also offers a MARC Bibliographic Format Guide, for help creating and using MARC tags. It addresses common USMARC bibliographic guidelines, provides detailed field information, addresses cataloging changes that occur in Phase I and Phase II of Format Integration, and explains specific fields for commonly-cataloged audiovisual materials. It is's also available for $59.95 (US). The guides can be purchased at a combined discounted price of $114.95 (US).
About Follett Software Company
Since 1985, Follett Software Company has provided school, public and special libraries with leading-edge library automation, Internet and curriculum resource software and services. Its Circulation Plus software, with more than 29,000 installations worldwide, is the number one selling library automation system in the K-12 marketplace. Follett Software Company is a division of Follett Corporation, and is headquartered in McHenry, IL. The company was recently ranked among the top ten largest software companies in Chicago. For additional information, call (800) 323-3397 or go to www.fsc.follett.com.