June 1, 2017

Database downsizing done

The first-ever large-scale weeding of the NHU-PAC was completed yesterday afternoon.  In the past month more than 300,000 records were removed from the database--records that had been in the database at least 5 years and had no holdings attached.

The last record to be deleted as part of this project was one that was added exactly 5 years ago--May 31, 2012, at 2:06 p.m.--an audio version of Take Me to the River by Will Hobbs:

You'll still find records without holdings in the NHU-PAC but they now make up only 0.6% of the database rather than the 13.6% they did a month ago.  It's common for new records to go into the NHU-PAC without holdings, giving catalogers an opportunity to obtain records as soon as new titles are published.

You may still see a record for something published more than 5 years ago that doesn't have any holdings if that record was added since June 1, 2012.  The weeding was done by date added to the NHU-PAC rather than publication date.  If those records continue to remain without holdings, they'll eventually be removed from the database as the plan is to do similar weeding on a yearly basis now.

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