The SDSU Library purchased two historical collections from EBSCO a couple years ago. These collections came with “free” MARC records which seem to be of very poor quality and require some work to correct.
Here are some of the things we had to update:
- Wrong year: The computer generated 1900 as a year if no year was originally entered in the system. This year is simply incorrect in many cases.
- Incomplete Titles: In many records, the titles were cut off.
- MARC records for individual issues of serials: Many of these records are for about 4 pages of journals. It seems to me that these are practically not even worth having MARC records in the system at all.
These MARC records show the perils of letting computer systems do all of the cataloging for us. The problem is that some of these just have completely incorrect information so we really do need to go back and fix them.