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    Cool Getting MARC (Library book) records from the Library of Congress

    I am a prison librarian and one of the inmate clerks has suggested that you might be able to locate something we need. The inmates do not have access to the Internet and I know relatively nothing about javascript.

    What we need is a javascript that will query the Library of Congress webpage; enter an ISBN number from a file; hit return; and save the results. Any "no results" need to have the ISBN flagged or marked. It will then need to go to the next ISBN on the list and query it as well.

    We have about 400 new books to enter and also want to pickup records over the next month for an additional 3000.

    My inmate clerk suggests that someone has created a javascript which should do all or most of this work. He isn't a Javascript programmer and neither am I but he feels it shouldn't be too difficult.

    The website is:

    http://www.loc.gov/cgi-bin/zgate?ACT...7090&CI=121156

    and we need the detailed records not the abbreviated as an example:

    a search for: 9780385504225 (ISBN Number)

    yields:

    Author: Brown, Dan, 1964-
    Title: The lost symbol : a novel / Dan Brown.
    Published: New York : Doubleday, c2009.
    LC Call No.: PS3552.R685434L67 2009

    for the brief description but we need the complete "tagged display" for
    entry into our system. For this book it is:

    LDR 01600cam 2200325 a 4500
    001 15922449
    005 20100930102920.0
    008 090925s2009 nyua 000 1 eng d
    906 $a7$bcbc$ccopycat$d2$encip$f20$gy-gencatlg
    925 0 $aacquire$b2 shelf copies$xpolicy default
    955 $brg04 2009-09-25 z-processor$irg04 2009-09-25 to CALM$aBarcode
    00240193838 returned from bindery 2009-09-29;$tCopy 2 to CALM$aBarcode
    00268868641 returned from bindery 2009-11-23$aItem 00240193838 received in
    CCS 2010-07-08$aItem 00268868641 received in CCS 2010-07-08$aBarcode
    00268868641 returned from bindery 2010-07-27$aBarcode 00240193838 returned
    from bindery 2010-07-28$aItem 00268868641 left CCS 2010-07-28$aItem
    00240193838 left CCS 2010-07-28$aItem 00205975238 received in CCS 2010-07-30
    $aItem 00205975238 left CCS 2010-08-05
    010 $a 2009464840
    020 $a9780385504225
    035 $a(OCoLC)ocn399843314
    040 $aUPZ$cUPZ$dDOV$dJZ6$dDCB$dKEU$dUUC$dBTCTA$dYDXCP$dABG$dFN4$dDLC
    042 $alccopycat
    043 $an-us-dc
    050 00$aPS3552.R685434$bL67 2009
    082 00$a813/.54$222
    100 1 $aBrown, Dan,$d1964-
    245 14$aThe lost symbol :$ba novel /$cDan Brown.
    250 $a1st ed.
    260 $aNew York :$bDoubleday,$cc2009.
    300 $a509 p. :$bill. ;$c25 cm.
    520 $aSymbologist Robert Langdon returns in this new thriller follow-up to
    The Da Vinci Code.
    650 0$aCryptographers$vFiction.
    650 0$aFreemasonry$vFiction.
    651 0$aWashington (D.C.)$vFiction.
    655 7$aSuspense fiction.$2gsafd
    655 7$aAdventure fiction.$2gsafd


    Any suggestions?
    Thank you,

    Jo Jansen MLIS
    Librarian
    Corrections Corporation of America
    Red Rock Correctional Center
    jo.jansen@cca.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prisonlibrarian View Post
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    The inmates do not have access to the Internet and I know relatively nothing about javascript.

    What we need is a javascript that will query the Library of Congress webpage;
    ...
    Contradictory requirements.

    While JS can access client-side information in files with .js extension or cookies (local storage)
    it cannot do it on the internet without internet access.

    I know very little about the Library of Congress site but some government
    offices have information on CD-Rom that you might request (???)

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    Agreed with above; you can't do that without internet access. You'll need an offline database of sorts

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    Reply: Javascript-LOC

    Sorry, to clarify, I have access to the Internet. The inmates are on a stand alone doing the programming. I will be running the program on my computer that has access to the Internet.
    Thank you.

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    MARC records from the library of congress and so forth and so on...

    Quote Originally Posted by Prisonlibrarian View Post
    Sorry, to clarify, I have access to the Internet. The inmates are on a stand alone doing the programming. I will be running the program on my computer that has access to the Internet.
    Thank you.
    It should be possible but I doubt your current clerk is going to be able to take care of this type of work. Furthermore, if he could you would want someone to check the code to make sure he isn't up to no good.

    I could look into this issue more since I know it is important to your work.

    Happy Trails,

    -d

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