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Multicultural Books and Videos Becomes SkyRiver Vendor Partner
SkyRiver announced an expansion of the SkyRiver database through a new partnership with Multicultural Books and Videos, Inc., a major library supplier of foreign language materials--particularly titles in non-Roman languages. One of Multicultural’s services is the provision of MARC records with its shipments and, as part of the partnership agreement, Multicultural will directly input MARC metadata into the database using the SkyRiver cataloging client.
Georgia Fujikawa, SkyRiver’s VP for Operations notes that, “with so many libraries building collections for their diverse communities, it is especially important for us to be able to provide high quality MARC records for materials in many languages. And since SkyRiver is Unicode-based, the database delivers and maintains the integrity of the Unicode character set for non-Roman languages such as Punjabi and Gujarati, which present problems for other bibliographic utilities.”
The SkyRiver database now exceeds 40 million records, more than double its original size, including an increasingly high proportion of newly published foreign language titles.
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