Conference Proceeding: Spreadsheet Madness: Mapping Data from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive to MARC

The 50,000-plus audiovisual testimonies in the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive each have significant metadata, but it is organized in ways unique to the Institute and not compatible with Library of Congress standards. When tasked with creating library records for the archive, the challenge was to not only map the individualized data behind each testimony to MARC, but - since viewing each testimony for content would be impossible - to come up with uniform subject headings and summaries that could be used across experience groups. The presentation will take conference attendees through the process, familiarize them with the tools used, and explain how it was attempted to make the records less generic by adding geographical terms specific to each testimony. Also covered will be the additional challenge of getting the MARC records into USC’s Primo/Alma catalog and the collaboration with USC librarians. Is it a good idea to create such generic records? Will it help researchers find useful resources or clutter up their searches?

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