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    360 MARC Updates: Release Notes and Status Updates

    • Product: 360 MARC Updates

    Where can I find information about the latest 360 MARC Updates release?


    February 3, 2017

    We released the following update to 360 MARC:
    • When 360 MARC delivers a large set of records (1 million-plus records), the records will no longer include an inflated number of new records; all unchanged records will accurately be treated as unchanged records..

    Dec. 5, 2014

    The technical issue that caused delays in production of November MARC Updates has been resolved. Performance on all production machines is significantly improved. As of November 29, all regularly scheduled November files were out of the production queue. We appreciate and thank you for your patience as we worked to resolve this issue.

    December MARC production:

    If your MARC records are normally delivered on the 12th, 13th, or 14th of the month, we are working to deliver your records early this month. This is a one-time action in order to avoid any delays which might be caused by our announced December 14 management and discovery release that will require system downtime between Friday, December 12, 5:00 PM PST (Saturday, December 13, 1:00 AM UTC) through Sunday, December 14, 5:00 AM PST (Sunday, December 14, 1:00 PM UTC).

    If this month's special timing poses a problem for your library staff, we can re-run your report later in the month. Use the Contact Us menu at the top of this page to reach our Support team.

    Nov. 21, 2014

    Update on the status of delays related to the November production run of 360 MARC Updates:

    As of today, a small number of 360 MARC Update files remain in the production queue. All other November files have been successfully run and delivered.

    Technical investigation has determined that a third party software component (a build driver) running on the MARC production machines caused process connections to drop, resulting in batch restarts and queue backlogs. A software update from the vendor is being put in place to significantly improve performance.

    If you have any questions related to this month's production run, please use the Contact Us menu at the top of this page to reach our Support team.

    Nov. 19, 2014

    Update on the status of delays related to the November production run of 360 MARC Updates:

    As you may be aware, each month s MARC run usually completes by the 15th day of the month North American Time, and shortly thereafter files are made available to you on our FTP server. This month s MARC updates are currently running, and the run is experiencing a significantly longer production queue than in past months. System wait times in the November queue are delaying the availability of some institutions 360 MARC Updates files.

    We are actively monitoring the queue and the progress of your individual files. Notification emails will be generated as usual when files complete and are posted to the FTP server.

    We recognize that these delays may have a ripple effect in your library with regard to MARC file loading, and appreciate your patience. We will continue to keep you updated on this important matter.

    If at any time you have questions related to this month's production run, please use the Contact Us menu at the top of this page to reach our Support team.

    Dec. 11, 2012

    As happened last month, many 360 MARC Updates clients will be receiving a large number of change records in the December 2012 update (or the January 2013 update, if you've already received your December update).
    These change records are due to a widespread database-level update made to fields in the CONSER record set. These changes ensure your library has received the most up-to-date version of the records available.
    Serials Solutions has been informed that such widespread changes will occur again in the future. We have requested to be informed in advance of record updates affecting many records going forward, and will provide updates here as we receive notification from CONSER. If you wish to receive an email when this page is updated, please click Follow Me above.
    If you have questions about the change records received in your MARC updates, please feel free to contact us using the Support Portal option.

    Nov. 9, 2012

    Many 360 MARC Updates clients will be receiving a large number of change records in the November 2012 update.
    These change records are due to a widespread database-level update made to fields in the CONSER record set. These changes ensure your library has received the most up-to-date version of the records available.
    Serials Solutions has been informed that such widespread changes will occur again in the future. We have requested to be informed in advance of record updates affecting many records going forward, and will provide updates here as we receive notification from CONSER. If you wish to receive an email when this page is updated, please click Follow Me (currently not available) above.
    If you have questions about the change records received in your MARC updates, please feel free to contact us using the Support Portal option near the top of this page.

    Jan. 27, 2012

    Along with the release of several improvements on Jan. 27, MARC records and reports generated in the Data on Demand section of the Client Center now include available eISSN information for a much larger number of records than we were previously able to provide.
    Clients who receive MARC updates for serials can expect a higher-than-normal number of change records in their February MARC updates, due to the addition of this information. E-book records will not be affected.

    Sept 16, 2011

    Due to an update to the information in the 245 field of brief records during our major service update on Sept. 16, you can expect a large number of change records in your next monthly MARC update.

    Aug. 12, 2011

    As we announced earlier this week, due to recent enhancements to our MARC report generator we encountered some technical difficulties that has resulted in delayed delivery of some libraries' MARC updates.
    A solution has been implemented and we are currently processing libraries' MARC updates. If you receive notification that your MARC records are ready to be downloaded, please examine all the files included in the MARC update before loading the records into your catalog. If you notice anything unusual about any of the files, contact us using the Support Portal option menu.
    We will continue to keep you informed about this issue here in this Answer.

    March 6, 2011

    We have changed syntax of the links we include in MARC records sent to our clients who have chosen to use hosted 360 Link URLs in their MARC records. The new URL syntax fixes a problem relating to titles containing certain punctuation marks. Clients using hosted 360 Link URLs should expect to receive a very high volume of change records in their next MARC update, as this change will affect virtually all records using this type of 856 URL.

    Aug. 5, 2010

    Because of coding changes adopted by CONSER at the Operations Meeting in May 2010, MARC Updates clients need to be aware of some effects on MARC records in the coming months. Read more about it here.

    Aug. 7, 2009

    Over the past several months we migrated all of our 360 MARC Updates subscribers to a new MARC generation system to improve record stability, streamline record loading, and provide more customization options.
    Since you received new files as part of this transition, and to avoid any confusion, all of your old system files will be removed from our FTP servers as of Aug. 31, 2009. Moving forward, we will continue to host a year's worth of files on our FTP site to ensure that you have a place to access your historical information, if or when you need it.
    Please also note the following:
    • If you have skipped any record loads, our new system has the ability to "diff" against your last download; we then generate an accurate load for you that covers any gaps.
    • If you are interested in retaining information currently on the FTP server for historical purposes, please download and archive your files in a secure location within your own system before Aug. 31, 2009.
    If you have any questions about this process, please use the Support Portal option near the top of this page.

    March 10, 2009

    The MARC legacy system is slated to be decommissioned, and there will be universal migration to the new 360 MARC Updates service.
    Users of the MARC legacy system recently received an email regarding significant upgrades to MARC deliveries, as part of the migration. Included was a customization form describing possible enhancements.
    If you do not have the time to complete the customization form, please simply answer the following questions:
    • Do you want persistent Serials Solutions brief records, which will eliminate the need of completely deleting and reloading your brief records each month?
    • Do you want UTF-8 (Unicode) records, instead of MARC-8 records?
    If you do not respond by April 1, 2009, we will migrate you with exactly the same customizations (including briefs and MARC-8 records) that you have now. Once we do this, you will receive a larger than usual update, as all records must be updated in the new system. Please let us know immediately if this will not be acceptable for your library, and we will be happy to work with you on this process.
    For general information regarding the 360 MARC Updates service, we encourage you to read our 360 MARC Updates User Guide and related MARC Updates documentation.
    If you have any questions about this setup process, the MARC Customization Form, Customization Companion, User Guide, or anything else, please don't hesitate to use the Support Portal option near the top of this page.


    • Date Created: 9-Feb-2014
    • Last Edited Date: 3-Feb-2017
    • Old Article Number: 7310
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