Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Monday, June 20, 2011

My Special MARC Record in Evergreen Indiana

UPDATE (December 19, 2013):  Since I have moved away from Mooresville, Indiana, as I mentioned in another blog posting, my MARC record has now been removed from the Evergreen Indiana online catalog.  I'll leave this posting up, however, because it shows what my MARC record looked like when it was still active in the catalog.

Everyone knows I am a valuable resource at Mooresville Public Library.  Librarians will tell you that valuable library resources should be cataloged to enhance patron accessibility.  After searching the Evergreen Indiana (E.I.) catalog, I discovered that I was not included.  Shouldn't there be a catalog entry for moi?  Of course there should!  Make it so, Scowl-Face!

Click to Bigify Cauli's Catalog Entry

That was quick.
Catalog entries (in automated catalogs like E.I.) are typically called MARC records.  For all you non-library folks out there, a MARC record is a Machine-Readable Catalog record.  It is the format used in integrated library systems (ILS), which are computerized databases describing the resources available through a library's collections.  MARC records enable patrons to search a library's OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) to find items of interest.

So, if you were to go to my Library's OPAC and type Cauli Le Chat into the search line, you would find my MARC record, which, for catalogers, looks like this:

Cauli Le Chat MARC Record (in Catalogers' Format View)

Now you may find moi among my Library's (and the E.I. library consortium's) invaluable collections.  This is as it should be.

Great job, Minions!  Thanks to The Lady With the Red Hair for supervising Scowl-Face's cataloging.  T.L.W.T.R.H. has over 20 years of cataloging experience and is head of technical services at Greenwood Public Library.  She used to be head of the catalog division at the Indiana State Library (ISL).  She knows cataloging rules (AACR2, for you acronym buffs) backwards-and-forwards, and she serves on the E.I. cataloging committee and helps catalogers whose libraries have joined the consortium.  ISL is in charge of E.I.  So it all fits together nicely.

Speaking of much-prized and esteemed resources, the Music Man's sheet music and CDs are included in the E.I. catalog.  Try an author search in our OPAC (here is his real name), and you'll retrieve his items currently held by E.I. libraries.  If you have an E.I. library card, you could (and should) check them out.  But not moi.  I'm non-circulating.

Great Reference Resource, I Am,

Cauli Le Chat
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P.S.  Our musical closer today is "At the Library" by Green Day, from the band's debut album, 39/Smooth (1990).


  1. Cauli,
    I noticed in your item record that you're worth $500.00. Personally, I think you're priceless!

  2. Hi Cauli,
    Great to see that you've been added to the catalog! We agree with the info about u, stating wit and humor! U have a terrific sense of humor :)

  3. I went and looked you up myself - and there you were! That rules!


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