There is another MARC handling library, written in Java, called marc4j
( https://github.com/marc4j/marc4j ) it is used heavily by the Open
Source project named SolrMarc, which extracts information from MARC
records and builds Solr records.
One of the plug-ins for SolrMarc that our University's Library uses
gathers Summary Holdings information including translating the 853 and
863 fields to text. It even makes an attempt to collapse a series of
consecutive holdings into a range for example:
2015, no.1- 2017, no.46 (2015:Jan 5-2017:Nov 13)
Although I just found that in that case it missed a few gaps in the
middle of the range. I can make the necessary code available is anyone
University of Virginia Library
On 1/19/2018 7:32 PM, Julie Cole wrote:
> It will take me awhile to delve into this all and understand it so I can determine that the code IS indeed helpful. But one thing I know is that as people you are all very helpful. Thanks so much for sharing. I love this community.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Spurgin, Kristina M.
> Sent: Friday, January 19, 2018 8:13 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] MARC Holdings
> That MFHD.pm code is so helpful! Thanks for sharing.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
>> Mike Rylander
>> Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2018 5:49 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] MARC Holdings
>> Evergreen has Perl code for generating holdings statements from MFHD
>> that we use in the serials module. The core MFHD module could
>> certainly be used directly (with, perhaps, a namespace change), and
>> the serials module code could serve as a guide for how to make use of
>> the MFHD module. The latter is, of course, tied to Evergreen's data
>> structures and general architecture, but the specific calls made by
>> the serials code to use the MFHD module should be relatively
>> transparent to a Perl developer and you can ignore all the Evergreen
>> bits. We're dealing with MARC data (MARC::Record objects) at the
>> point that we're calling the MFHD module, so that should be translatable to one's own code.
>> See MFHD.pm and the contents of the MFHD directory here:
>> The serials module is implemented by the code here:
>> Mike Rylander
>> | President
>> | Equinox Open Library Initiative
>> | phone: 1-877-OPEN-ILS (673-6457)
>> | email: [log in to unmask] | web:
>> On Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 4:25 PM, Spurgin, Kristina M.
>> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> The MARC libraries cited make it easy to work with MARC in general,
>> unfortunately the Perl and Ruby versions don't come with any help for
>> the "interesting" problem of transforming Holdings 853s and 863s into
>> human- readablesummary holdings statements (like you'd record in the
>> 866 or 867). (I haven't worked with PyMARC).
>>> We had the same sort of need you describe years ago and came up with
>> some Perl code that clunkily (and in some cases not quite 100%
>> accurately) does this. It's not publicly available to point to, but I
>> could send the relevant part of that code if you are interested.
>>> There has been mild grumbling (from those who pay attention to our
>> display) about the not-great way this works, and we are working on a
>> new discovery interface, so it's on my list to improve the summary
>> holdings generation from 853s/863s.
>>> I did some searching for code to do this, but didn't find anything
>>> in my first
>> attempt. If you find something useful that someone else has for this,
>> please do share!
>>> I've been thinking through a good approach, but don't have anything
>> implemented yet.
>>> Kristina M. Spurgin -- Library Data Strategist
>>> E-Resources & Serials Management, Davis Library
>>> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
>>> CB#3938, Davis Library -- Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890
>>> 919-962-3825 -- [log in to unmask]
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
>>>> Of Andromeda Yelton
>>>> Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2018 4:01 PM
>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] MARC Holdings
>>>> Note that if perl isn't your thing there are MARC libraries in
>>>> several languages
>>>> - python and ruby at least, probably others I don't remember off
>>>> the top of my head (since I work in python and ruby, no shade to
>>>> other people's languages :). https://github.com/edsu/pymarc ,
>>>> marc .
>>>> On Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 12:50 PM, Julie Cole <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>>> Hello all,
>>>>> I'm pretty new to the world of library systems and this is my first post.
>>>>> Anyone have any experience parsing MARC Holding records (853 and
>>>>> 863) into a more readable 866 or 867 format?
>>>>> We are wanting to export our holdings from our ILS into our
>>>>> Discovery Layer and trying to save some of the money that the ILS
>>>>> vendor would charge us to create the records.
>>>>> The parsing doesn't look fun, so I was hoping someone has some
>>>>> code to use as a starting point.
>>>>> Also, I'm not sure how clean our data in 853 and 863 is so any
>>>>> scripts or advice on gotchas when cleaning that up would be
>>>>> We have about 60,000 holding records.
>>>>> Julie Cole
>>>>> Library Systems Administrator
>>>>> Langara College Library
>>>>> Vancouver, BC
>>>> Andromeda Yelton
>>>> Senior Software Engineer, MIT Libraries: https://libraries.mit.edu/
>>>> President, Library & Information Technology Association:
>>>> http://www.lita.org http://andromedayelton.com @ThatAndromeda