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RE: Representing DRA holdings in a future Z39.50 client app

From: Rolande St-Gelais <rolande@sirsi.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 15:01:25 -0500
Message-ID: <B2B5022A7D88C543BF9E87B517629C09121A8D@mtlmail.dra-tech.com>
To: "'Marvin Pollard '" <mpollard@calstate.edu>, "'A. Bullen '" <abullen@ameritech.net>
Cc: "'www-zig@w3.org '" <www-zig@w3.org>, "'levinej@sls.lib.il.us '" <levinej@sls.lib.il.us>

To complement Martin's accurate description, Sirsi-DRA has written specs for
implementing this format.  I'll send them off to you in a separate message.

Best Regards,

Rolande St-Gelais
Director of Development/MultiLIS Systems
DRA Information Inc.
6300, ave. Auteuil, bureau 425
Brossard (Québec)
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-----Original Message-----
From: Marvin Pollard
To: A. Bullen
Cc: www-zig@w3.org; levinej@sls.lib.il.us
Sent: 2/14/2002 2:21 PM
Subject: Re: Representing DRA holdings in a future Z39.50 client app


DRA Classic does not support the Opac Record Syntax. In order to
retrieve the holdings information we did this: Take the Marion
bibliographic database number out of the bib data in the present
response and then submit a new search, using the Marion Bib database
number, in a search of the circle_item_file database. We use a 1,12 Use
attribute for the search to retrieve the circulation information. The
Object Identifier for this search is: 1.2.840.10003.5.1000.10.1, 

DRA Classic uses a 6 digit code which can be mapped to a temporary
location label for human eyes. Contact the library to learn what the
codes mean. 

The DRA Classic Circle_item-file provides the Call number, the Item ID,
the temporary location and the availability status in the present

DATABASE = circle_item_file, 

Contact me directly if you need more information about how to do this 

Marvin Pollard 

"A. Bullen" wrote: 

Dear all, 

Please let me first apologize for what is probably a hopelessly naive 
question. I did try to search the archives for the answer, but the 
search doesn't seem to be working. 

To wit: I am trying to implement a Z39.50 client connection to a DRA 
(Classic) online catalog. We are currently using a (at this point) 
rather old implementation of OCLC's SiteSearch product, but we need to 
expand beyond its capabilities. In trying to use the YAZ toolkit, I can 
easily connect to and get good solid results from the server; however, I

cannot get holdings information returned along with its accompanying 
record. I CAN get good holdings information from the OCLC client. See 
the difference at http://www.finditillinois.org/drarecords.html
<http://www.finditillinois.org/drarecords.html> . 
Obviously, in a DRA system, there is a separate file that contains 
holdings which is then attached to the record. Also obviously, OCLC has 
put in a lovely little widget of code  into their black box JAR file 
that retrieves the full MARC record. Since I can't get at that, I would 
like to be able to duplicate their efforts. 

Questions to this community: 

A. What is the name of this file in a DRA system? 
B. How does one reach it through a mechanism like a Z client? 
C. What links the master MARC record with its holdings record? 

Thank you for your time, 

Andrew Bullen 
Illinois State Library

Marvin E. Pollard, Jr.                      mpollard@calstate.edu 
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