With reference to...
>>> I realize that different manifestations of the same work will have different ISBNs, so we'd be seeking any work in print format, ideally the most commonly held.
...have you had a look at ISTC?
If you register the "works" (there's a format for that: http://www.editeur.org/106/ONIX-ISTC-Registration-Format/) you can collate the titles by content rather than by manifestation/product ID while linking to the various ISBNs of available versions...
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Cab Vinton
Sent: 25 October 2012 20:06
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] Book metadata source
I have a list of several hundred book titles & corresponding authors, comprising our State Library's book group titles, & am looking for ways of putting these titles online in a way that would be useful to librarians & patrons. Something along the lines of a LibraryThing collection or Amazon wishlist.
Without ISBNs, however, the process could be very labor-intensive.
Any suggestions for how we could handle this as part of a batch process?
I realize that different manifestations of the same work will have different ISBNs, so we'd be seeking any work in print format, ideally the most commonly held.
The only thought I've had is to do a Z39.50 search using the author & title Bib-1 attributes EG @and @attr 1=4 mansfield @attr 1=1003 austen.
Thanks for your thoughts,
Cab Vinton, Director
Sanbornton Public Library