Jacquie (via chat): Do we always have to use drop-downs? Or, are key commands also possible? I am thinking about ergonomics ... Also, can we activate button functionality (such as create new" with keystrokes?


David / Christian can answer better to this question.

We can discuss this Wednesday about this. I am preparing some sketches to show how to do the same work without using the dropdowns (maybe for people who is more used to type in MARC records) in a way I think it can be faster.

Lisa: What does the "View" display with multiple record imports? Does View report failures?

No, the View menu is related to the User View function, realized to have many version of the same record in WeCat, defined as VARIANT.

The User View concept was introduced to allow the network libraries to store different data from the same bibliographic item (e.g. different subject heading), without creating duplicate records.

This concept also allows good data protection. When a User who belongs to another User View changes information to a record, these change will  only be reflected in his User view. The data in the other User views will remain unchanged. WeCat has 16 user views. View number 2 is reserved for the Union Catalogue. There is an Authority view, that has -1 in the database. This is not considered as a user view, and is stored in different table.

So, to resume: there is a common part of the record that is shared by all users and a part of the record that is specific to a particular view.  The user views are used and configured only if the libraries need and require them.

In this example we have two User Views configured:

View 1: The Public Library Database View

View 3: The Children’s Library Database View

Suppose that the record is first created in View 1. The record is fully catalogued and it has all classification numbers and subjects used for an adult target.

Then the same record (so the identify number doesn’t change) is copied into View 3 (The Children’s Library View). Not all subject heading and classification numbers are used in this library, because the target are the children. So some of these data are removed.

In this way the record in view 3, The Children’s Library View , will be changed and it will remain always the same (with all subject headings and classification numbers) in View 1, The Public Library view .

During a search the other views of the same record can be seen as ‘variants’. They can be accessed using the button “VARIANT” on the display record.


Are libraries that are already using WeCat taking advantage of the Work, Expression, Manifestation features?   Not yet. Are there any existing discovery layers that are able to take advantage of this? Yes. Our discovery tool.


Does WeCat use UTF-8? Yes

Is the title record that was demonstrated a Work record, or is were you referring to a Uniform Title?

It’s a Work record because in WeCat is possible to save and specify the information related to what kind of entity (FRBR) the record belong to (information that at the moment is not still covered by Marc21 format), but the description of the entity is realized using the Marc21 format (for authority in this case, because it’s a work). So, yes. It could be an Uniform title (tag 130) or a Name/title heading (100 $a$t).

In WeCat, what features distinguish a holding record from an item record? The holding record seemed to have a lot of fields I am used to seeing in an item record.

In WeCat we use thag 850 to indicate the holding (so the Library Name that hold the record) and tag 852 with a specific page (with a lot of fields) to add information that are related to the item. When we talk and we refer to holding and item data, generally we used the expression “Holding” for both.