I’m working on tweaking which URLs from our records get indexed and displayed. I’ve created a .bsh script for import that appears to be working. Basically, it checks all 856 fields for second indicators of 0 or 1, as those should be pointing to the actual resource or an online version of it. In tests, I’m seeing URLs properly indexed when I want them to be and not being indexed when they shouldn’t be. All good on that front.
However, this appears to have no impact whatsoever on the display of URLs in the catalog. Anything with a URL in the MARC record, indexed or not, has the URL displayed in search and holding displays, often misleadingly labeled by VUFind as “full text.” I’m not sure what the solr “url” field does at this point, as it is not searchable nor does it (appear) to inform the display. Am I missing something? Is there any way to examine URLs using indicators in order to make decisions about what to display in the search results and holdings displays?
Essentially, MARC allows for three types of URLs in 856 fields: URLs pointing to the item being described (i.e. a link to the ebook in an ebook record), a link to another version (i.e. a link to the streaming version of video added to the DVD record), or related resources. I’d absolutely love for the first two types of links to appear in search and holdings displays, and the last type to only appear in the item record, either in the main view or description tab. I’ve considered simply stripping out URLs for related resources, but we include them for good reasons sometimes—for instance, teaching guides to go along with videos, or links to instructions for accessing our archives on records for archive materials.
Any advice on where to start working on this problem would be appreciated. And if anyone’s already solved it—even better!
Special Formats Cataloger
William Paterson University