Friday, July 1, 2011

New MARC Records, June 2011

ACLS Humanities E-Book has just added 291 books to its collection, bringing the total to 3,334 works across a wide range of disciplines and subject areas, including important new series from Cambridge University Press, Fordham University Press, and University of California Press. All current subscribers now have access to all of the new books added to the collection.

Cataloging records are available to HEB subscribers for download, including one zip file for the 542 new round 8 titles and a second zip file for all 3,334 titles in the collection. Instructions for obtaining these records are included below. As you know, it is very important to load the MARC records into your catalog as soon as possible, because most users become familiar with, and begin to access, the site from the library catalog.

As a reminder, the records are now in UTF-8 format, rather MARC-8 format as in previous releases. If you have any questions, please email us at 

New records for ACLS Humanities E-Book are available via your browser at

• If you are a new subscriber or if you have not recently updated your MARC records, you need to download (includes 3,149 records for all 3,334 books in rounds 1-8, online as of June 2011). 

• If you only need to add the new titles, and your records are up-to-date with the last download in March 2010, you simply need to download the file, which includes all 502 records for the 542 books added in April and June 2011.

PLEASE NOTE: The MARC records for our latest release, round 8, are in Unicode-UTF-8 format rather than the older MARC-8 format. To accommodate those subscribers not wishing to overwrite existing MARCs in a new format, we are making rounds 1-7 and round 8 available separately. However, for consistency, subscribers may want to download the cumulative file in the UTF-8 format.

Downloads each contain three files:
a. The records in MARC 21 communications format.
b. The same records in ASCII format.
c. A readme.txt in ASCII format (explains what is contained in each of the above).

There is a discrepancy between the number of records and the number of books in the collection due to the fact that multi-volume works have a single record. A complete set will include 3,071 records for 3,334 books.