Put oclc number as the first oclc number in the Network number in analytic reports
When a bib record has 035 and 775 which has an OCLC number, in an analytic report, the 775 number is the first OCLC number in the Network number column. But if a record only has 035 subfield a and z, then the OCLC number for the resource is the first OCLC number in the Network number column.
When we are doing an analytic report retrieving the OCLC number, we are only interested in the OCLC number of the resource, not its the OCLC number of its other edition (755). This confusing order of resource OCLC number makes this Network number column useless. What ExL needs to do is to record the OCLC number from the top of the record down, so the 035 subfield a OCLC number will always comes first, before 035 subfield z and 775 OCLC number.
Please either do not put 775 OCLC number in the Network number column in the analytic reports, or record the OCLC number from the top of the record down. I suspect a lot of people do not know that the 775 OCLC number is the first OCLC number in the Network Number column when the number is present in a record.
Kirsti Thomas commented
FYI, Ex Libris says they have "no standard protocol for the order that 035 data is read into the Network Number field." For most customers, Ex Libris has read OCLC numbers into the Network Number field from top to bottom of the MARC record. For other customers (like us), they've read in numbers from the bottom to the top of the MARC record. This is unacceptable.
Betsy R. commented
See "New Analytics field for OCLC number in Bibliographic Details" for a suggestion of how to fix this.
Thanks for the warning re: the order in which the numbers appear. So far as I could tell, there WAS no order. :-(
Pauline Smith commented
I was just informed by Ex Libris that the Network number in the analytic reports actually searches 019 a,z, 035 a,z, 774 w, 773 w, 775 w, 777 w, 786 w, 800 w, 810 w, 811 w, 830 w.
Now my question is: How do we identify the OCLC number of the resource in an analytic report?