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Bibliographic Record Snapshot

Occasionally a library needs to make sweeping changes to its catalogs. Whether your local system becomes corrupted or you inherit another library's collection, OCLC can supply OCLC-MARC records and local data for your holdings through Bibliographic Record Snapshot (formerly known as Local Database Creation).

While a unique record may have your holdings attached, a “transaction” occurs every time you retrieve the record and do something to it (update, cancel, etc.). OCLC creates an archival copy of every single cataloging transaction—and these are never, ever deleted.

A variety of options are available for Bibliographic Record Snapshot, including:

  • Requesting a subset of your records within a given date range or by specific holding library codes
  • Record consolidation (merges duplicate records into last transaction record)
  • Online transactions (produce, update, replace, cancel commands performed during OCLC cataloging)
  • Offline transactions (performed through the use of offline products such as batch processing, GovDoc and WorldCat Cataloging Partners)
  • To place orders for Bibliographic Record Snapshots held in OCLC archive data sets for your institution, or issue Out-of-Warranty requests for a single or for multiple member institutions, use the Bibliographic Record Snapshot Request.

Contact OCLC for more information.

“In 2005, the OCLC LDC (now Bibliographic Record Snapshot) service worked with the Arkansas History Commission to add our print holdings to our SirsiDynix OPAC. The OPAC was purchased for our photodigitization project in 2000 as a consortia on the Arkansas State Library system. The LDC service was yet another solid example of the cutting edge excellence we have discovered in our experience with Amigos Library Service and OCLC. Bravo OCLC for helping us better achieve our mission of collecting, preserving and making available for use historical materials that relate to Arkansas and its history. You are a clear reminder by example of what terrific service is and a call to us to reach for higher heights.”

—Lynn Ewbank, CA, Archivist, Arkansas History Commission

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