The library industry’s best cataloging resource for eBooks is getting better. eBiblioFile, which delivers MARC records for eResources in 48 hours or less, will upgrade to the new RDA cataloging standard on July 1, 2014.
“MARC records have served libraries well, but the new RDA records are much more robust and thorough. Catalog searches and cross-references are richer than ever, and one search term opens the door to a multitude of related titles and themes. That gives borrowers unprecedented discoverability of a library’s offerings,” said eBiblioFile Product Owner Heather Powers.
“The difference between MARC and RDA,” she added,“is just as dramatic as the difference between VHS tapes and DVDs. The quality is amazing and the improvements that RDA provides to library catalogs are amazing.”
eBiblioFile was introduced in 2012 as an on-demand data service to provide MARC records for eResources from OverDrive and 3M’s Cloud Library. Its low cost and 48-hour turnaround time has attracted New York Public Library, Contra Costa County Library, the North Carolina Digital Consortium, Greater Victoria Public Library, the Maryland eLibrary Consortia, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Princeton University, and Brooklyn Public Library.
The RDA enhancement to eBiblioFile is in conjunction with the release of RDAExpress, a new eBiblioFile-powered data service that converts legacy records to RDA. RDAExpress works with any traditional or downloadable title, and can be used to convert an entire catalog or just portions of it. As new physical titles are acquired by a library, RDAExpress will be an as-needed resource for converting MARC records to RDA. The RDA records delivered by eBiblioFile beginning July 1st will continue to cost just $1 per full record.
eBiblioFile and RDAExpress are offered by The Library Corporation (TLCdelivers.com), which has served the digital cataloging and automation needs of libraries worldwide since 1974. Now in its 40th year, TLC’s unprecedented stability and innovation allow more than 4,500 libraries, ranging from small rural facilities to massive urban operations like Los Angeles Public Library and Chicago Public Schools, to better serve their borrowers with the latest technological solutions.
To learn more about eBiblioFile and request 25 sample records, visit eBiblioFile.com. Information about RDAExpress and a sign-up form are available at RDAExpress.com. For an in-person demonstration of both services and an opportunity to win a Kindle Fire HDX, join TLC’s 40th anniversary celebration at Booth 1043 during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition June 26th through July 1st at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada.