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How To Enter Input Library and Initials In Bib Records
The fixed bibliographic record fields "Input Library" and "Initials" can contain no more than 32 values. Allowing for several "special" values like "k" representing Maine State Library "n" indicating suppression from view in the OPAC, and "z" which causes the record to not be contributed to Maine InfoNet, the actual max is lower still. With more than 3 dozen libraries committed to use of Minerva, the capacity of these fields has been reached. Yet, the information they contain can be useful in tracking who has created a record and/or who has made substantial edits to the record subsequently. What is needed is a place to put such values that is not constrained by a low maximum number of values.
Libraries that have Input Library and Initials values already assigned should continue to use them as before. If a general switch over is ever called for, it can be done by making global changes based on the fixed field values.
New libraries without assigned Input Library and Initials values should, however, follow this new convention:
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