Mac Elrod wrote:
>Tom created a prototype entry screen:
>Main Author
>Title Proper 
>Other Title  
>Statement of Responsibility
>Place of Publication
>Date of Publication  
> Umm.  Where is the distinction between surname and forename entry, required by MARC?  Corporate main entry vs. personal main entry?
Did you try entering a value (lc control no) in the author box? This number (therefore international, unambiguous, and not subject to the same degree of change as specific MARC mark-up for LC Authorities) is used by the mock-up to fetch the linked data from LC, which the programme uses to produce the MARC display on the right. It does have a stab at recognising surname vs first name entry, although admittedly it doesn't yet code corporate bodies correctly. Given more time, I would have liked to implement that as well as to add a manual author input for unauthorised headings as well. However, I had to stop somewhere and it makes the point I wanted to make.
> This type of entry screen would work for a minority of the material we catalogue.
This would work on a minority of material we catalogue too: to be blunt, it would work on none. As other commenters pointed out, this is merely a mock-up I created for training and demonstration purposes. I am no great coder, and am certainly not a user-interface designer: there is barely any CSS on this for starters. Put into the hands of people who are, I can't see why something really useful and powerful can't be created (and why it hasn't been created already).

Thomas Meehan
Head of Current Cataloguing
Library Services
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
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