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You, Too, Can Use OCLC Macros. Carrie Preston Eastern Great Lakes Innovative Users Group September 25, 2009. What are OCLC macros?. Scripts that perform a sequence of actions in Connexion Client Actions can include: Pretty much anything from the Connexion client menus, plus more

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You too can use oclc macros

You, Too, Can Use OCLC Macros

Carrie Preston

Eastern Great Lakes Innovative Users Group

September 25, 2009


What are oclc macros
What are OCLC macros?

  • Scripts that perform a sequence of actions in Connexion Client

  • Actions can include:

    • Pretty much anything from the Connexion client menus, plus more

    • Anything constant data can do, plus MUCH more


Why oclc macros
Why OCLC Macros?

  • Save time: have the computer instantaneously do many things that you would have had to do piecemeal

  • Save accuracy: have the computer remember several things for you, instead of counting on yourself to remember perfectly every time


Macros can constant data can t
Macros can –Constant data can’t!

  • Change an existing field, instead of just adding a new one

  • Delete fields

  • Find and replace


Macros can constant data can t1
Macros can – Constant data can’t!

  • Move/copy text from one field to another

  • Perform actions conditionally (e.g., delete call number *if* record is a microform serial)

  • Dialog boxes!


Demonstration 1
Demonstration 1

A macro to derive an e-book record from a print book record.

Imaginary ebook database is called “Ebook World”

URLs look like “http://www.ebookworld.com/accessionno.”


Demonstration 11
Demonstration 1

This macro will:

  • Derive a new record

  • Set fixed field Form = s

  • Add 006 and 007

  • Add general material designation (245$h)

  • Add Field 533 customized to particular book

  • Add Field 856 customized to particular book



Demonstration 2
Demonstration 2

Write your own macro

  • Add a field

  • Delete a field

  • Display a simple dialog box



How to learn
How To Learn

  • See handout for starting points

  • HIGHLY recommended: Joel Hahn’s “OCLC Macros for the Complete Beginner”

    http://www.hahnlibrary.net/libraries/oml/lessons/

    (try out the lessons as you go along)


Questions comments
Questions? Comments?

Carrie Preston

Continuing Resources/Database Maintenance Librarian

Ohio University Libraries

[email protected]

(740) 597-1973


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