Dear Angela-

First, if you find a software system that offers all you are looking 
for at "a small price tag", do let us all know!!

But seriously, you will find systems that offer you the ability to 
acquire MARC records from other sources, so you don't have to do all 
the cataloging yourself.  The software I use, Surpass, has a module 
called Copycat that allows me to easily upload free records from the 
Library of Congress. Records from a long list of other libraries can 
also be accessed, but at an additional subscription cost.

However, in my experience, uploaded MARC records still must be edited 
to fit our library.  I supply the call number (we use the Weine 
classification system for Judaic libraries).  I also supply or edit 
the book blurb (MARC field 520) as well as add or change subject 
headings to suit our library. (For example, our Judaic library does 
not refer to the Bible as the Old Testament.)

Good luck!


Elizabeth Edelglass
Library Director
Jewish Community Library
JCC of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Rd, Woodbridge, CT 06525
(203) 387-2424 x330


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