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MARC files

MARC is an acronym for MAchine-Readable Cataloging. It defines a data format that emerged from an initiative that began more than thirty-five years ago, led by the United States Library of Congress. It provides the mechanism by which computers exchange, use, and interpret bibliographic information, and its data elements make up the foundation of most library catalogues used today. See the MARC site and particularly the faq page.

As a result of an inquiry in 2008 from Susan West, cataloguer at Stonnington Library in Victoria, and with lots of help and advice from Susan, we were able to create MARC files, covering about 1600 titles, which most libraries in Australia can load into their catalogue. This means that when users browse the catalogue, titles included in our MARC files will show up as being available, with a direct link to the actual ebook file at Project Gutenberg Australia. One MARC file includes detals of most of the 'Australiana' ebooks at Project Gutenberg Australia. Another file contain details of many other titles available from PGA.

Librarians can download a zip file containing our  MARC files.


Updated 17 Aug 2017