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This Load Profilers Wiki is a resource to share examples of load tables and translation tables. Please only edit the Load Profilers Wiki if you have taken Innovative’s Load Profile Training. Innovative staff do not verify the contents and descriptions posted in the wiki.


  • If you plan to copy a table, know that variable-length field group tags, fixed-length field values, and index tags vary from library to library. For example, a sample load table includes an instruction to load the 050 field in bibliographic field group tag "c". However, your library may classify materials using Dewey and store the 082 field in bibliographic field group tag "c". Update the table to match your library's profile and test using a small number of sample records before applying to a full load.
  • If you plan to share a table, include a brief description and a contribution statement so we know who to thank. See examples of load tables copied from the LPT manual.

Load Tables

User-Contributed load tables

This section has been added for non-III load tables contributed by customers. Caveat emptor! -- MM/Concordia

Translation Tables for Fixed-Length Fields

Fixed-length fields store dates, store validated codes, and function as counters. Typically the translation tables for fixed-length fields contain simple comparison and replacement expressions separated by a delimiter. For more information on fixed-length fields see the Innovative Guide and Reference Page 105775.

Translation Tables for Variable-Length Fields

Examples of data in variable-length fields are free-text notes, addresses, and barcodes. Variable-length fields may contain MARC or non-MARC data. Translation tables for variable-length fields tend to be more complicated than m2bmaps for fixed-length fields. For more information on variable-length fields see the Innovative Guide and Reference Page 105783.

Other Load Profiling Resources

  • Load Profilers Listserv
    If you have taken Load Profile Training and have a question for the Load Profilers community, post your question to the load-profilers listserv. For listserv subscription information submit a service request via CSDirect.
  • IUG 2010 Conference Presentation: Gained in Translation: Using Data Maps in Load Profiles
    Materials include the PowerPoint presentation, and an 8-page handout that shows examples of 10 translation tables (maps). Also available on the the Innovative Users Group web site (login required). Created by Richard Jackson of The Huntington Library.
  • Data Loading resources on CSDirect
    Visit the the Data Loading Topic guide on CSDirect for additional resources.

User-Contributed Tips and Tricks

This hard-earned section has been added for hard-earned tips and tricks contributed by Load Profilers. -- MM/Concordia

Marcload.local User-Contributed Tips

This section has been added for tips dealing with marcload.local file. -- MM/Concordia

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txttxt backfile_load_table.txt manage 3.1 K 01 Jun 2012 - 13:33 Main.drexu_s Drexel University Bibliographic Load Table for Authority Control Project
Topic revision: r41 - 05 May 2015 - 19:11:18 - Main.iii_s
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