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Why change MARC record file name?

Files containing cataloging records of a given data format have traditionally been given the same filename, "" in this case. This practice allows your library software to find the record file for the import with a minimum of input, for example "import records from my CD drive" or "import records from my floppy disk drive".

When downloading a file of cataloging records to your computer, using the same filename each time can cause confusion. If there is a file with the same name in the location where the new file is saved, the web browser performing the save of the file will either overwrite the existing file with the new file or alter the name of the new file to make in unique.

The alternate name shown on the screen, "", was generated using ML (for Medialog) and the MARC record ID, which is unique by design in Medialog's system. Saving the file using "" should not conflict with any other cataloging record files.


Why not change MARC record file name?

Some library systems may require the filename to be "" to successfully import the records.


How to change MARC record file name?

On the download page, click on the text "Change MARC record file name". The MARC record file name will change to a pull-down menu with current file name selected. Click on this pull down menu and select an alternative file name to use. After making your file name selection, the pull-down menu will disappearU and in its place a new file name will display. Finally, click "MARC File" button to download the MARC record using the new file name.

You may also use the following menu to change the MARC record file name:
After making your file name selection using the above menu, this help screen will disappear. When you are back to the download page, click "MARC File" button to download the MARC record using the new file name.

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