NETSL’s second session this morning featured Ben Abrahamse on MarcEdit. MarcEdit is free and was developed by Terry Reese. It can be downloaded at MarcEdit. This utility that works only on Windows doesn’t replace your catalog but helps you acquire, clean up, or transform metadata. The heart of MarcEdit is the toolbox or the Tools. The tools take Marc metadata and converts raw Marc into plain text format. MarcEdit includes a plain text editor. When you need to see your records you can see them in MarcEdit without having to open another text editor. Ben showed us some of the basics of MarcEdit and some extra features such as converting Marc to xml or into a tab or comma delimited spreadsheet.There’s even a RDA helper or a feature called “Generate Call Numbers”! Ben explained that there’s a great support community for MarcEdit that includes a wiki and a listserv. He finished up his presentation with a real life example of how he uses the tool at MIT.
This was a great introduction to an extremely useful tool for catalogers and metadata librarians.