Beiträge zur Tabakforschung international. (OCLC #8415862)

This CD-ROM was included with the April 1999 issue of this journal, with no more explanation than appears on its label (“CD-ROM, Version 1.0, March 1999.”) Is it the previous issue? A supplement? An ad?

We warily put the CD into a modern-ish computer (Windows 7) to investigate, and found (among other things) NFO files: likely Folio Infobase files, given the Folio logo on the disc.

Not having a reader for such files handy (the one provided on the disc would run, but not read any of the files), we looked at other issues for more clues. Near the beginning of the November 1998 was a note that they would be issuing a CD-ROM of abstracts and title references from 1961 to the present, and that it would be released by February 1999 (so close!).

So how to represent it in the bib/mfhd? As its own thing? As a supplement? (to which issue?) As an index? Is it worth keeping in the library collection if it won’t run on our typical computers? Was version 1.1 ever released? Can it be reformatted?

Serial inventory = good times.


Treasures for the table : an exhibition of contemporary table settings, Majolica from Faenza = Tesori per la tavola : una mostra di servizi da tavola contemporanei in Maiolica di Faenza / organized by the Comune di Faenza and Istituto Italiano di Cultura of New York. (OCLC #12786063)

MARC field 041 is language code, which can include information about translation, or languages used for various parts of the resource (table of contents, abstracts, etc.) This piece has the field:

041 0_ ǂa itaeng

summarizing the language information found in this note:

546 __ ǂa Texts in Italian and English.

Including both codes “ita” and “eng” in one subfield is an older convention (made obsolete in 2001), and these days would be coded with repeated subfield a:

041 0_ ǂa ita ǂa eng

The most recent OCLC tech bulletin (264) says that, in their database, all 041 subfields that contain multiple MARC 21 language codes will be converted into separate subfields for each language code.


Genomic XML viewer.

Based on the demo that ran when I (against my better judgment) put this mysterious CD into my workstation, the LabBook Genomic XML Viewer looked like some pretty sweet software in 2001-2002. Unfortunately, the download button does nothing, and (which “powered” the software) is now a parked GoDaddy page (registrant in Hyderabad).