ISBNs will be a key data element across a number of apps:
- Acquisitions: for searching and order output
- Inventory: for searching
- Data Import: for matching
- MARCcat: for searching and matching
AtCult already has some useful code for ISBN handling, e.g. being able to recognize 10/13 equivalents, plus stripping punctuation and qualifiers so that we have clean ISBNs for searching/matching. We’ll be gathering our knowledge about ISBN handling so that the developers can hopefully share best practices and code across the various apps.
A question came up from the Folijet folks (who are working on Data Import), and we need MM SIG input:
Would it be OK if Folijet adds/ensures that there is always a 978 (13-digit) version in the stored MARC record if it is not already present? If there is only a 10-digit version in the record, is there any harm if FOLIO automatically adds an 020 for the 13-digit equivalent, as long as it has the same $a/$z and qualifiers/additional subfields as its 10-digit equivalent?
Thank you for your input.
Ann-Marie (PO for Data Import)