Change Log


  • Updated to latest MARC Bibiliographic Update 25
  • Reading Program Updates enhancement now generates an Excel file with all change details. The file shows up automatically in Downloads
  • Fixed bug preventing Account page from loading
  • Forgot Username and Forgot Password use updated reCaptcha bot checking
  • Create and manage custom MARC Templates. Under Options, choose Manage Templates... or click the Catalog button on the Create pane
  • Notifications button shows latest activity and announcements
  • Fixed tag cloud bug when searching pages in Internet Explorer
  • Moved the expand/collapse My Records button to the right of the My Records tab
  • Fixed Record Repair options that appeared checked when they were turned off
  • Improved Print and Export to Excel features for My Records, Contacts, and Users
  • New export option: Output all records or Output only records with changes.
  • New option after export: Delete from My Records, Remove records with changes from My Records, or Keep in My Records
  • Export now converts all records based on the MARC Encoding option set in profile (MARC-8 vs UCS/Unicode). Previously this option only applied to records added through BestMARC's Create pane.
  • New menu item Records > Compare or right-click a record to Compare selected record(s) with the latest checkpoint
  • Comparisons now highlight changes at the character level
  • New menu item Records > Refresh to refresh My Records from the server
  • Ctrl+A keyboard shortcut in My Records to select current page of records


  • Added "Send File to Mitinet" item to the My Records File menu
  • Added Print and Export to Excel functions to the My Records File menu
  • New Record Repair Enhancement and associated profile options
  • When comparing records, scrollbars now scroll together when scrolling original record
  • Leader and Control Fields now use monospace font for easier editing
  • Download filters now show downloads for all child organizations as well as selected one
  • Global Edit sharing now includes sharing for parent organizations (ie. district-level sharing)
  • Organization share list is now sorted alphabetically
  • Improved report handling with records with lots of changes
  • New Edit pane and subscription types (BestMARC Plus and BestMARC Global)
  • Download Center redesigned and moved to Downloads tab next to My Records
  • Allow Import directly from Downloads tab
  • Import file size limit removed (now just subject to storage limits on your license). Plus and Global subscriptions can now set Import Options to run a Workflow or Global Edit upon import.
  • Updated to latest MARC Bibiliographic Update 24
  • Improved cataloger field and subfield menus.
  • Added new Change Field command.
  • Change Field and Change Subfield dialogs now allow you to pick fields/subfields by name or typing one in.
  • Relationship ($4) is now automatically added when Relator term ($e) is selected from a list. Previously, the code was only filled out if the $4 subfield was already in the record.
  • Field menu for subject fields now contains quick "Convert to..." options for changing the subject to Sears, Library of Congress, or Library of Congress Children's headings
  • Split material type "Continuing Resources" into "Continuing Rescoures - Print" and "Continuing Resources - Electronic"
  • Improved Record Printouts
  • Redesigned Account page


  • Copy/Holdings with errors no longer require that the errors be fixed in order to save. They are still marked with an Error icon in the My Records list.
  • Subfields with long text (ie. Summaries, Table of contents) are now resized properly when the Holdings or View Record pane is opened, closed, or resized
  • Top tab heights are now remembered and customizable for each user
  • Fixed bug causing some publishers or dates to not be displayed in search results
  • Updated to latest MARC Bibiliographic Update 22
  • Improved interface to maximize work space. The top tools pane can now be resized or closed, and the records pane expands to use all available space.
  • New menu above My records grid
    • Added links to import, export, and navigate to different panes
    • Added new option to Delete all items in the records grid without exporting them. Choose Records -> Delete -> All
    • Added links to Profile settings and moved Columns configuration to Options menu
    • Added links to documentation, support, and starting the Search tutorial under the Support menu
  • My records Title column now uses non-filing indicator when sorting
  • Double click between columns to automatically resize based on that column's current page of data
  • Fixed licensing site dropdown sometimes not allowing site selection
  • 9xx fields at the top of the record are now ignored when determining where to insert new data fields (to support LC records)
  • Fixed right-click menu and Actions button in Firefox, no longer scrolls window to top
  • Fixed importing records with carriage returns and line feeds
  • Added new Account page
    • View subscription information
    • View usage statistics by site or user
    • View usage activity log
    • View record storage space used per user
    • New Account Manager functionality to add, edit, or delete user licensing within your organization


  • Special characters menu can now be customized to add desired characters
  • Automatic ISBD Punctuation improvements when adding new subfields to existing fields
  • Updated tips and examples
  • Fixed display issue where some holdings subfields could show up as non-MARC subfields
  • Error status icon now displays correctly for automation systems using 4-part Call Numbers
  • Allow *.txt file uploads
  • Added multi-file upload capibility
  • Increased upload limit to 1 MB files and 500 total records in My Records grid.
  • Improved first time loading of My Records grid
  • Search and Catalog tabs now combined into Create tab.
    • Search for a record and if not found, create it with fields filled in automatically.
  • Redesigned My records tab
    • Display records in a grid format
    • Customized column order, resize, sort, hide/show
    • Show 1 row per holding when sorting by Call Number or Barcode, show 1 row per ISBN when sorting by ISBN, otherwise show 1 row per record
    • Status column shows errors or warnings at a glance
    • Filter on text in a given column
    • Preferences stored between sessions
  • Updated to latest MARC Bibiliographic Update 21
  • Added new Sound Recording - Musical Record and Sound Recording - Non-musical Record material types.
  • Enhanced display for larger monitors
  • Support vendor records with 4-part call numbers when LAS uses 1-part call numbers
  • Automatically handle 344 in RDA conversions
  • Subject Browser now supports 600, 610, 611, and 630 subject fields
  • New import file uploader - fixes upload problems with Firefox 39.0+
  • Athena added to Library Automation Systems list for holdings
  • Barcodes no longer required for users who prefer to have their LAS add them. A warning is generated instead of an error.
  • For Atriuum and Concourse users, convert various unsupported MARC-8 characters to lower supported equivalents
  • Updated support center
  • Added link to Library Automation System import instructions in Download Center.
  • Changed ISBD punctuation for some subfields preceeding $v to preceed ; with a space.
  • Updated number of default 650s in cataloger to 5 (up from 2)
  • Added customizable default fields and subfields for each material type. Set what you want in the MARC editor and choose Default fields/subfields > Save from this record from the Material type menu.
  • Moved RDA Toolkit and LOC documentation buttons to Tips header
  • Moved Rules help to Tips footer when it exists
  • Added Errors and Warnings pane that performs automatic MARC error checking as you catalog. Checking is based on MARC rules, the type of material you are cataloging, and your profile settings.
  • Fixed IE bug in Tutorial
  • When pasting data from other websites or resources, data is cleaned for MARC use
  • Catalog new record UI changed to categorized menu
  • Updated Destiny copy/holdings terminology and sequence
  • Fixed Destiny copy/holdings export issue with $x subfield
  • Added Profile screen used to store new and future library and cataloging options. The following options are now available:
    • Library Automation System enables copy/holdings editing based on your LAS
    • Default Holdings options to set defaults when adding new copy/holdings
    • Standard/Advanced MARC editing moved from Preferences screen into Profile
    • Automatic/Manual ISBD Punctuation controls whether the MARC editor will automatically update the ISBD Punctuation on Save
    • Cataloging Standard controls whether new records and records found from searching will be AACR2 or RDA
    • MARC Encoding controls whether to export as MARC-8 or UCS/Unicode
    • Reading Program settings which automatically add selected reading program data to MARCs found during searches
  • Search/Catalog displays a message directing users without a Profile to fill it out
  • Added Holdings editing pane in MARC editor
  • Updated default RDA fields for various material types
  • LC Genre/Form Terms in Subject Explorer now added as 655 #7 $a [Term] $2 lcgft
  • Added RDA batch conversions
  • Added code list for filling out 040 $e
  • Added Change Subfield function to directly change a subfield's identifier
  • Subject Explorer now retains selected subjects between searches without the need to add and reopen each time
  • Updated Saved records user interface
    • Added Duplicate record function
    • Added record selection checkbox
  • Finish tab allows export of just selected records
  • Updated subjects in Subject Explorer
    • Sears 21
    • Library of Congress
    • Library of Congress Children's
    • Library of Congress Genre forms
    • Increased number of subjects nearly 50%


  • Publishers and dates in 264 now display properly in Saved records list
  • Updated to latest MARC Bibiliographic Update 19
  • Advanced MARC editor, for Leader and Control field editing
  • Improved all existing material type templates and added more than 30 new types including Playaways, catographic materials, and Blu-ray discs
  • Clicking 'Cancel' now only confirms if changes to the record are detected
  • Improved memory management
  • Nonfiling-indicator for 130, 222, 240, 242, 243, 245, 440, 630, 730, 740, and 830 are now updated automatically when title is changed
  • Title added entry indicator (245 Indicator 1) is automatically set based on presence of 1xx fields
  • 245 indicators can now be edited through the indicators dialog
  • Added Autocomplete for typing in fields associated with Code Lists (ie. 100 $e)
  • Added Duplicate Subfield menu item for Repeatable subfields
  • Added ability to Import records into the Saved Records list
  • Added button to link to Library of Congress help website for the selected field
  • Added Convert abbreviations feature to RDA dialog to automatically update abbreviations to RDA-compliant ones
  • Added support for the full MARC-8 character set in the editor and in the downloaded MARC file
  • Improved client-side cataloger performance
  • Added ability to delete completed files from the Download Center
  • New Tools --> View / Print… menu item to let user view the MARC with updated punctuation or print it
  • Subject Explorer’s genre browse now offers the option to view LC genres
  • Various RDA rules, examples, tips updates
  • Subfields with changes from the original are now highlighted to indicate that there are changes in that subfield
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