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MARC and ASCII records with InfoMarks

Instructions for Downloading MARC record files with InfoMarks

To download and save a MARC file to your hard drive, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Hold the mouse pointer over the file you wish to download
  2. Using the right mouse button, click on the file link.
  3. Click "Save link as" and choose the folder in which you would like the file saved.

Special software applications must be used to properly open or view a MARC record. To learn more about MARC utilities, see: <http://lcweb.loc.gov/marc/marctools.html>. Because all library automation systems have different loading capabilities, customers who need help working with MARC records should contact their library automation vendor.  

Downloading ASCII record files with InfoMarks™:

To download and save a tab delimited file to your hard drive, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Hold the mouse pointer over the file you wish to download
  2. Using the right mouse button, click on the file link.
  3. Click "Save link as" and choose the folder in which you would like the file saved.
  4. Open Excel, then open the file you saved to your hard drive. The Excel text wizard will recognize the format as tab delimited.
  5. Click the "Next" button twice, then click the "Finish" button.

The tab delimited file will be converted to an Excel file.

About Gale MARC records with InfoMarks™:

MARC is an acronym for MAchine-Readable Cataloging. The 856 field of a MARC record is designated by the Library of Congress to be used for electronic location and access. To learn more about MARC, see: <http://lcweb.loc.gov/marc/umb/um01to06.html>.

Gale MARC records contain an InfoMark™ in field 856. To learn about InfoMarks, click here.  Using the InfoMark™ stored in the 856 field of the MARC record, libraries can provide catalog searchers with easy, instant access to electronic journals; one click on a link created from the InfoMark™ will take them to a listing of that journal's articles, depending on the library's authentication procedure. If IP authentication is used, the InfoTrac™ login process will occur invisibly. Users will be able to click on links within an OPAC and be instantly connected to journal articles in the InfoTrac™ database. If password authentication is necessary, an intermediary screen will prompt the user for InfoTrac™ authentication information, then take them to the journal articles.

Gale MARC records aim to satisfy the recommendations put forth by the Standing Committee on Automation in the final report of the First Task Group on Journals in Aggregator Databases. To learn more about this Task Group see: <http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/aggfinal.html>.

Benefits:

  • Librarians are constantly searching for methods to inform library patrons about valuable resources available to them in the library. Providing links from the catalog to InfoTrac™ is an effective method for introducing patrons to a valuable library resource.
  • InfoMarks™ expand the Library's linking capabilities by allowing patrons to link to InfoTrac™ Web journal content right from the library catalog.
  • Gale MARC and ASCII records with InfoMarks™ are updated every month to ensure currency and accuracy.
  • There is no fee associated with Gale MARC and ASCII records with InfoMarks™.
  • Gale MARC and ASCII files with InfoMarks™ are distributed through Gale Web site for easy access.
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  • Gale MARC records with InfoMarks™ provide systems librarians with a format useful to automate the process of moving the InfoMark™ from Gale records to the library catalog.
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  • Gale MARC records aim to satisfy the recommendations put forth by the Standing Committee on Automation in the final report of the First Task Group on Journals in Aggregator Databases.
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  • Gale ASCII files with InfoMarks™ have been developed according to the Jointly Administered Knowledge Environment (JAKE) recommendation to vendors.

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About Gale ASCII records with InfoMarks™:

ASCII, pronounced "ask-ee" is the acronym for American Standard Code for Information Interchange. It is a set of characters, which, unlike the characters in word processing documents, allow no special formatting like different fonts, bold, underlined, or italic text.

Gale ASCII records can be used to cut and paste an InfoMarks™ into the 856 field of a MARC record, thus alleviating the necessity of loading MARC records into an OPAC — a procedure handled by a Systems Librarian, often with the support of the library automation system vendor.

ASCII files with InfoMarks™ have been developed according to the Jointly Administered Knowledge Environment (jake) recommendation to vendors. Jake is a reference source that makes finding, managing and linking online journals and journal articles easier for students, researchers, and librarians. To learn more about jake and the ASCII file specification to vendors, see: <http://jake.med.yale.edu/docs/about.html>.

ASCII Records with InfoMarks™ will be useful to jake participants as well as our customers who simply want to cut and paste InfoMarks™ from the ASCII files into their catalog records.

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