Add Material Type Mapping to Physical Inventory Import Profile
As a Copy-Cataloger I receive batch files of bibliographic records with physical inventory from a variety of vendors and some of these vendors send a variety of formats in the same file. These files contain bibliographic records with a material type of Book, Map, DVD-ROM, Issue, etc. With our current Import Profile that we use, the Library field, Location field, Barcode field, and Item policy field can be mapped with MARC21 local field. But this is not possible for Material type. So when we import this large file with multiple material types they are being imported with the Material type “Book.”
A possible fix for this is to have the third party vendor separate that large batch file based on Material type and then create multiple Import Profiles to match. But this would be time consuming loading multiple files instead of one; and it would begin to clutter the Institution’s Import Profiles Page.
I am suggesting that the Material Type be defined by a MARC21 local field in the same manner as the Library field, Location field, Number of items field, Barcode field, Item policy field, and the Alternative Call number field. This way there still will be one import profile and the proper Material Type will be assigned to each Physical Item upon import. Thank you for your time.
Kelly Thompson commented
This functionality is also missing from the electronic inventory "e-book mapping" in import profiles. It would save a lot of work to be able to map material type from a MARC field using a mapping table, as location mapping currently works with physical inventory.