VALIDATION PLUS

CATALOGERS

Are you wondering how you are ever going to remember ALL the details of MARC coding plus the cataloging rules and rule interpretations, not to mention the ongoing changes to both?

EXPECT MORE

From your system's cataloging software. You don't want just plain validation tables anymore, when you now know that you can get VALIDATION PLUS instead.

BE PROACTIVE

Get your vendor to use TMQ'S VALIDATION PLUS as the validation table in their cataloging module.

How can you get this invaluable aid to be a part of your existing cataloging software?

Send this page and the next to your vendor rep. and ask him to call TMQ to see whether it is possible to make V+ a button option on your cataloging screen.

For more information, contact Deborah Fritz


 

SYSTEM VENDORS

Why should you include Validation Plus in your cataloging module?

1. Validation Plus provides current validation tables for MARC21 bibliographic coding, MARC21 authorities coding, and OCLC bibliographic coding.

With standard messages for:

·         invalid coding, e.g., "$q is an invalid subfield in 245"

·         non-repeatable fields/subfields that are repeated, e.g., "Tag 010 is not repeatable" or "Subfield $b is not repeatable in 245"

and specific messages for:

·         obsolete coding, e.g., "530$z is OBSOLETE. WAS: Source of note info. NOW: all info. is in $a."

·         old cataloging, e.g., "100 I1 = 3 is valid but old cataloging, pre-AACR2R. WAS: Family name. NOW: do not use a family name as main entry, unless following Archival rules. UPGRADE record to AACR2 and change 000 Desc. to 'a'"

·         OCLC cataloging, e.g., "130$h is valid, but OCLC says do not use it."

We have translated the textual information from LC and OCLC into ASCII tables that are easy to update. The special messages above make these much more than your standard validation tables. So you don't have to find a cataloger who can figure out the current formats and the details of their histories.

2. Not only do you get the most current tables available at the time, but we also provide a rapid updating service that will keep those tables always up-to-date.

So that you do not have to monitor LC and OCLC documentation for changes, or spend days translating those changes from the confusing text in which they are written into tables that you can use. You'll be miles ahead of the systems that make their customers update their own tables, and you won't have to dedicate any staff time to this.

3. We also provide customizable validation tables for local coding.

Because catalogers sometimes use non-standard coding, and do not want to be told that this coding is invalid in every record that they check. This means no complaints from customers about being stuck with what you give them. Not only can they add coding that they use, but they can also turn off checks on individual coding in any of the tables provided, should they wish to do so for any reason.

4. The highlight of our program, however, is the unique TMQ Error Checker. Special programming logic finds common cataloging and coding errors, a feature not found in any standard validation checker.

The TMQ Error Checker is the product of over 10 years of experience with the kinds of mistakes that catalogers make, the same experience that has led to my book Cataloging with AACR2R and USMARC (ALA, 1999). Your customers will be freed to concentrate on the more intellectual aspects of cataloging, knowing that the Error Checker will catch those easy-to-make mistakes before they save their records.

5. We also include additional tables for data elements whose data content is derived from lists maintained by LC, e.g., Language codes, Country codes, Geographic area codes, etc.

Since your library system relies on accurate information in these data elements, it is important that only valid codes are entered there. Your system will perform better if the correct data is provided in these key areas.

6. Best of all, Validation Plus is written in Delphi a popular and powerful software development tool.

This means that it can easily be made to interface with your cataloging module and made a menu add-in. Which means that your programmers will be able to concentrate on completing the other key aspects of a premier cataloging software package.

For more information, contact Deborah Fritz