In preparation for our Koha upgrade to version 4.16, we have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes. The next phase begins this afternoon.
For the past couple of weeks, our authority control vendor has been updating nearly all of our bibliographic records. (A large number of authority records for names, subjects, series, and genres have changed with the adoption of a new cataloging standard called Resource Description and Access, or RDA. The authority control vendor has updated our bibliographic records to match the new standard. ) Now, the second step of our authority control project is to receive applicable changes to our bibliographic records. Today LibLime will begin loading the changed bibliographic records that came from the authority control vendor. This will take several days as 900,000+ records will be loaded. This means that most bibliographic records with biblionumbers up to and including 972129 are unavailable for editing for the next couple of days. Madison TS will track Problem Bib Record Reports for records in this range and will make the changes when the loading is complete.
You can still edit, add, and delete item records attached to these bibliographic records. You can still add BSEs, GEN, PERM, LOCAL, and Acquisitions BSEs to the database. However, we ask that you refrain from sending Purchase Orders with more than 100 titles from GetIt Acquisitions for the next couple of days.. Also, new BSE records may take longer to index because of the large number of bibliographic records that are being re-loaded into the database.
After the 4.16 upgrade, subject, series title, and author links will be more reliable and we will be able to resume regular updates to our database on the back end.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact Joanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.