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MARCEdit discussion list

This is via Ian Fairclough on the Metadata Librarians list:

MARCEDIT-L, a Listserv(R)-hosted list, has recently been made available
for those wishing to ask (or answer) questions about MarcEdit. Also, if you are organizing a MarcEdit workshop, you may use the list to promulgate information (including local arrangements).

You can subscribe to MARCEDIT-L at

Or send an e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.GMU.EDU
with the text
plus a forename and surname.

Once subscribed, you can send e-mail to the list at MARCEDIT-L@LISTSERV.GMU.EDU

MARCEDIT-L list owners are Terry Reese, Nathan Putnam, and [Ian Fairclough].
This address will send an e-mail, not to the list, but to the current listowners, whoever they may be. (Incidentally: You can reach any Listserv(R) list owners using the same formula: Add -request after the name of the list in its e-mail

Terry Reese on a forgotten MarcEdit subfield editing function

Terry Reese, the developer of MarcEdit, gave a presentation and hosted a Q&A at the recent American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) conference in Washington, D.C.  It was great to hear him speak about his “magic wand for MARC records“.

One of the questions raised at the Q&A session dealt with moving data from one field and replacing it with another.  The example was moving the date from 260 subfield ‘c’ to 008/07-14Terry blogged about this and describes the procedure at Terry’s Worklog.

This “sadly not documented” feature should prove to be a very useful MarcEdit function.  Thanks Terry!

MARCEdit Update 5.1

There’s a new update of MARCEdit available.  You can read the details on Terry Reese’s blog.  There are changes to the installation process and improved Z39.50 search capabilities.

In addition to the new software release Terry has also posted a number of MARCEdit tutorials on YouTube that look like they will be very useful.  Here’s an example:  MARCEdit MARCBreaker.