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Export Your LibraryThing Library as MARC Records
Although not suited for even a “small” public or college library, LibraryThing sometimes serves as the system of choice for the very smallest institutions—schools, churches, non-profits and so forth. Some of these institutions want to preserve an “upward path” to a traditional, low-end Integrated Library System (ILS). LibraryThing does what they want for now, but may not forever. To meet this need, LibraryThing has just released a feature that will allow users to export their LibraryThing library as MARC (USMARC, UTF-8) records. Users will find the Export as MARC option now on the Import/Export page, accessible via the “More” tab when they are logged in.
Here are the details as posted on the Thing-ology Blog:
For books in your library that you added from library sources (such as the Library of Congress or Overcat), we have the original MARC record. In this case, the MARC export feature will give you back the record you searched for and added.
For books in your library that you added from non-library sources, or added manually, you have a choice: fuzzy records, or non-fuzzy records. If you choose the fuzzy option, where we have a MARC record that matches your book closely (on the basis of ISBN or other control number), we will give you the library MARC record. If you choose the non-fuzzy option, or you choose the fuzzy option but we don’t have a match to give you, we will instead create a MARC record from scratch. Such records aren’t completely “up to snuff” as cataloging records, but they may serve some libraries’ purposes.
In both cases, your LibraryThing tag, review, ratings, and collections data are added to the 9xx fields.
The technical details are available here.
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