MicroLIF Conversion Utilities

 

MicroLIF is a bibliographic record format created by a group of publishers and vendors in the 80s when micro-computer library automation became popular. The standard is based on MARC. Although MicroLIF does not include leader and directory found in MARC records, the sequence of the tags and data follow the MARC closely. Today there are still thousands of libraries, particularly in school library community, that use MicroLIF standard for their bibliographic records. Since conversion between MicroLIF and standard MARC format is a frequent operation, conversion utilities are useful tool in performing this process.

 

The two programs are offered here for libraries to use freely:

MARC-LIF converts MARC records to MicroLIF records;

LIF-MARC converts MicroLIF records to MARC records.

In addition, these two programs support a popular text file format used by MARCBreaker and MARCMaker (by Randall K. Barry, Library of Congress).

 

The two programs run under DOS with a 386 Intel (or compatible) processor, or better, and Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista in DOS emulation mode.

 

How to run:

1.     download the two programs to a folder of your PC;

2.     go to command mode by Start button Run command DOS emulation command mode;

3.     use cd command to go to the folder where the two programs are kept;

4.     type MARC-LIF or LIF-MARC to see the usage information.

 

       Download MARC-LIF, v.1.3

       Download LIF-MARC, v.1.3

       Download sample MicroLIF records

       Download sample MARC records

       Download sample text format records

 

 

NOTE:

THIS SOFTWARE DOES NOT GIVE ANY, EXPLICIT OR IMPLICIT, WARRANTY. THE AUTHOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INADVERTENCE AS A RESULT OF USING THIS SOFTWARE.

 

This utility package is maintained by Phil Huang of Sonoma State University. Feel free to contact him if you have any questions.

 

 

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Last updated: 1/17/2008