Libraries and MARC Holdings: From Works to Items

This session provides a brief introduction to and overview of the MARC21 Format for Holdings Data (MFHD) and ANSI/NISO Z39.71. Discussion topics include the importance of standardized holdings for such mission-critical library efforts as Item-Level Inventory Control, InterLibrary Loan (ILL) & Resource Sharing, and OffSite Storage.

An ALCTS webinar.

Originally presented on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will learn the importance of holdings and adhering to holdings standards. Examples of Single-part, Multi-Part, and Serial Holdings will be presented, as well as the use and value of Summary Holdings Statements encoded within Holdings records.

Who Should Attend

Librarians and library staff who create or maintain holdings information. Introductory session provides good background for anyone interested in the two-day SCCTP Serials Holdings Workshop that provides a rich knowledge of the intricacies of coding MARC holdings.


Everett Allgood is the Serials Cataloger and NACO Authorities Liaison at New York University. He serves as a trainer for the Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program (SCCTP), and has been conducting an extensive Serials inventory and barcoding project at New York University for over ten years.

Wen-ying Lu is the Continuing Resources Cataloger at the University of Colorado Boulder (CUB). Prior to joining CUB in 2010, she was a catalog librarian and the linguistics bibliographer at Michigan State University for ten years. She serves as a SCCTP trainer and co-authored the latest edition of the SCCTP Serials Holdings Workshop Manual.




How to Register

Recording (YouTube)

Recording (.wmv)

Slides (.pdf)

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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