(Please excuse cross posting)
The UC Santa Barbara Library is pleased to announce the availability of MARC records for most of the 78rpm discs documented in the Discography of American Historical Recordings (http://adp.library.ucsb.edu/). DAHR currently documents over 165,000 master recordings that were issued on over 120,000+ 78rpm discs between 1894 and 1941. The MARC records are displayed in a special tab of the disc view section of DAHR and can be cut and paste into OCLC Connexion with minimal modification. The tool was created with funding from the Packard Humanities Institute, which funds DAHR.
78 rpm discs in libraries and archives are underdescribed and many of the largest collections are still only partially cataloged. This tool will help libraries catalog many items in their collections even if the cataloger (or cataloging technician) doesn’t have particular expertise in the format. As DAHR uses LC name authorities, searching the LCNAF for composer and performer names is not necessary, saving significant time.
Instructions and documentation for the tool can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t54A_Xv5V6tW5vY4BNidQV2J0t_DPKqP8UTNOGD_7Rk/edit?usp=sharing
Syracuse University has been beta testing the tool with us and Jennifer Vaughan and I will be presenting the tool at MOUG in Portland in January.
Since there are relatively few institutions with 78rpm holdings, we welcome active communication and participating in the development of this tool with those catalogers.
UC Santa Barbara Library
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9010