Dear MARC list readers,

The excerpt below is from "The Power of Prototypes" By Roy Tennant - May 15,

Thanks to Peter Scott's Library Blog for
bringing this article to people's attention.

Sincerely - Ian

Ian Fairclough
Marion (Ohio) Public Library
tel. 740-387-0994 x233
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I recently grabbed about 75,000 MARC records that were conveniently sitting
on a work server and wrote a small Perl program to parse out the bits I
needed. Using the MapReduce algorithm designed to lessen the complexity of
large data sets, I processed that data to write out a file that had all the
values for Title, Date, and Subject and which records had those values all
in one line per key/value pair. Once I wrote a very simple interface, I had
constructed a prototype library catalog faceted browse system in less than a