[Metadatalibrarians] What's a good MARC field for indicating that something is an open educational resource

Henry Lam henrylam.silas at gmail.com
Thu Aug 1 14:21:05 PDT 2019

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On Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 10:03 PM Wilhelmina Randtke <randtke at gmail.com>

> I work with MODS mostly and have a MARC question.
> For an upcoming harvesting project, using MARC, there is a need to separate
> open educational resources from digital library resources generally.
> What's a good MARC field to indicate this in?  Maybe something with a genre
> reference and there's an existing genre for open educational resources?
> The field would be added as part of the harvesting script, so suggestions
> for a perfect-MARC-world are totally doable.  The source metadata doesn't
> have to have the indicator, and it would be added on a
> collection-by-collection/harvest-by-harvest basis.
> If anyone has looked at this, and has a clean place to store the info in
> MARC, I'm very grateful for a shout out.
> Best,
> -Wilhelmina Randtke
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