On-Demand Webinar: To Hold a Cloud: MARC Holdings in the Modern LMS


Modern Library Management Systems (LMS's) are cloud based. Holdings information may be the only local metadata for print titles and becomes critical for extracting bibliographic information by institution. Yet electronic holdings in LMS's are expressed in knowledgebases. We will discuss how to apply standards for print and electronic holdings interoperably. Learners will be given best practices for encoding accessible records, code to query across standards, and demonstrations of display resulting from different encoding practices.

By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

· Locate the most up to date reference and training material on the MARC Format for Holdings (MFHD) standard and related standards for accessible display. 

·        Encode accessible holdings records according to a variety of practices tuned for cloud-based Library Management Systems (LMS’s). 

·        Query across standards for electronic resource and print holdings using sample Standard Query Language (SQL) code. 

·        Reflect on whether encoding practices for electronic resources are or are not also adequate for print resources at their institution.

Who Should Attend: Serials librarians, electronic resources librarians, and anyone who is curious about why their records for journals and serials display how they do.


The presenters represent diverse backgrounds in electronic resources librarianship, serials cataloging, systems and product development, metadata management and analytics, and bring together highlights of the Metadata & Collections Section's Continuing Resources Holdings Information Committee's discussions on the evolution of standards, formats, and best practices for expressing holdings records. 

Emily Fidelman, Head of Metadata Services at West Virginia University, 1549 University Ave, Morgantown, WV 26506, emily.fidelman@mail.wvu.edu

Cindi Blyberg, Head of Web Technologies and Development at the University of Kentucky, William T. Young Library, Lexington, Kentucky 40506, cindiann@gmail.com

Kirstie Genzel, Electronic Resources and Digital Publishing Librarian at Cal State, LA, kgenzel@calstatela.edu


Tech Requirements

Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform.


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