Network Bulletin No.: 08-16
Date: June 13, 2008
Subject: Book Collection
Index term: MARC records for retrospective digital titles
In June 2008 NLS will begin adding records to the catalog for the more than ten thousand digital
book (DB) titles in the retrospective copy allotment cycle announced in Operations Alert 08-21.
Each record will include the book's navigation characteristics, playing time, narrator name, and a
link to the downloadable version of the title. The records will indicate that the book may be
available only on download because not every library will hold every title in the retrospective copy
In September 2008 NLS will make record sets in brief and full MARC formats for the titles
announced in the retrospective copy allotment cycle available to network libraries. DB brief
format records will be very similar to RC book records. The full MARC records will include all
of the information contained in the catalog records mentioned above. Libraries will be able to
request record sets that contain only records for the titles they have ordered in copy allotment or
they can download record sets containing every title in the cycle.
An operations alert providing instructions for obtaining these MARC file sets will be issued when
the files are made available.
NLS plans to distribute the cartridges announced in the retrospective copy allotment cycle in late
2008 or early 2009.
For additional information please contact:
Head, Bibliographic Control Section
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