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    SFX: Bloomsbury title information and title counts


    • Product: Alma, SFX
    • Product Version: all
    • Relevant for Installation Type: all

    Some Bloomsbury title-level records found in the CKB are for individual chapters as opposed to title-information - for example, individual plays from a playwright collected in a volume are cataloged by play (chapter) instead of by volume (title). These records share the same ISBN and other metadata. This can result in multiple "titles" (chapters) merging together in the KBs they are seen by the system as being the same title. As such, title counts between Bloomsbury MARC record sets and the KB may differ. This does not necessarily mean that Alma/SFX are missing titles or are out-of-date. 

    Bloomsbury intend to fix this issue. This was a legacy practice from Bloomsbury MARC production that they are no longer doing (as of late 2022/early 2023). However, it will take time for Bloomsbury to fix MARC files from previous years as they re-catalog these records appropriately. 

    This issue can be seen across Bloomsbury platforms/collections, however, it is more common in Drama Online and Screen Studies than in other Bloomsbury products. 

    We will update this article as we learn more from the Bloomsbury Discovery team on their progress. 


    • Article last edited: 16-May-2023


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