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Interface choices

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Interface comparison of key functionality

There are two interfaces to access the power of Connexion—a Web browser-based interface and a Windows desktop application. Within the Web browser-based interface, you can chose between the full Cataloging interface or the easy-to-use Express interface. Which interface you use depends on the unique needs of your library and cataloging staff.

Revised June 2007

System access

Connexion browser, Express Connexion browser, Cataloging Connexion client
Catalog for other libraries using Agent functionality No Yes Yes
Store user-specific customization Yes, set preferences for each authorization number Yes, set preferences for each authorization number Yes, set preferences for each user of the workstation

Databases and files

  Connexion browser, Express Connexion browser, Cataloging Connexion client
Access WorldCat Yes, using guided keyword searching from a basic or advanced search area Yes, using keyword and derived searching, derived searching, and phrase browsing; enter searches in guided search area or expert command line search area. Yes, using keyword and derived searching, derived searching, and phrase browsing; enter searches in guided search area or expert command line search area.
Access institution records No Yes Yes
Access LC Name and Subject Authority Files including distributed and superseded versions of records No Yes Yes
Use online save file stored at OCLC for temporary record storage No Yes, for authority and bibliographic records Yes, for authority and bibliographic records
Use offline save file stored locally for temporary record storage No No Yes, for authority and bibliographic records

Record editing and creation

  Connexion browser, Express Connexion browser, Cataloging Connexion client
Edit records in MARC tag view (such as "245") Yes, limited to adding local fields Yes Yes
Edit records in MARC text view (such as "Title") Yes, limited to adding local fields No No
Edit bibliographic records in Dublin Core view No Yes No
Edit bibliographic records using Non-Latin scripts No No Yes; supported scripts are Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Ethiopic, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Syriac, Tamil and Thai
Create new authority and bibliographic records for original cataloging No Yes Yes
Extract data from an electronic resource to create a new record No Yes Yes
Import MARC records No Yes, MARC-8 character set Yes, MARC-8 or Unicode (UTF-8) character set
Use Constant Data to store and apply frequently used text No Yes Yes
Check Spelling No No Yes
Work offline, not connected to OCLC No No Yes

Actions

Connexion browser, Express Connexion browser, Cataloging Connexion client
Validate records Validation is done automatically with record actions, not as a separate action Yes Yes
Add holdings to bibliographic records Yes Yes Yes
Produce offline products at OCLC such as catalog cards and accessions list No Yes Yes
Upgrade master authority and bibliographic records No Yes Yes
View total number of library holdings on bibliographic records Yes Yes Yes
Display list of libraries that hold bibliographic records No Yes Yes
Delete Holdings on bibliographic records Yes Yes Yes
Control authorized headings in bibliographic records and link the headings to the Authority File record No Yes Yes
Submit records to other institutions for review prior to finalizing No Yes Yes
Process actions in batch mode No No; you can mark records for export and label print, retrieve the marked records, and process the group at once Yes
Print labels Yes, using OCLC Cataloging Label Program version 1.22 Yes, using OCLC Cataloging Label Program version 1.22 Yes
Create label file Yes, create label file in SL4 format; if needed, change label format when importing file into label printing software Yes, create label file in SL4 format; if needed, change label format when importing file into label printing software Yes

Record output

Connexion browser, Express Connexion browser, Cataloging Connexion client
Export records to a file Yes Yes Yes
Export records via a TCP/IP connection No Yes Yes
Export records via an OCLC Gateway session to display messages from your local system No No Yes
Export records via a printer/comm port No No Yes
Export records in MARC 21 format Yes, bibliographic records with MARC-8 character set in Latin script Yes, authority and bibliographic records with MARC-8 character set in Latin script Yes, authority and bibliographic records with MARC-8 or UTF-8 Unicode character set in Latin script or non-Latin scripts (see a list of supported scripts in "Edit bibliographic records using non-Latin scripts" above)
Export records in Dublin Core format No Yes, bibliographic records, Dublin Core Simple or Qualified in HTML and RDF Yes, bibliographic records, Dublin Core Qualified in XML with the UTF-8 Unicode character set
Receive records in OCLC-produced files via MARC Subscription Yes Yes Yes

Miscellaneous

Connexion browser, Express Connexion browser, Cataloging Connexion client
Macros No No Yes
Dewey Cutter tools Yes, use Dewey Cutter Software Yes, use Dewey Cutter Software Yes, use Dewey Cutter Macro
WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey Yes Yes Includes an option to launch WebDewey in your default browser from within the client
Interface language English, French English Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

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