Macros for Connexion Client

Introduction

Listed below are a few of the frequently asked questions about macros.

What are macros?

Macros are short programs that automate routine tasks. OCLC's Connexion Client uses macros and allows you to record or write your own using BASIC programming functions and statements.

Why do catalogers use macros?

Macros save time and ultimately increase your workflow by automating commands catalogers may use repeatedly. For example, you may enter in today's date along with other local notes in a 949 MARC field. Instead of manually typing in today's date, you can write a macro that inserts this data automatically in every record. Macros also increase accuracy and reduce the amount of mouse clicking and keystrokes.

Are there times when it would be better to use constant data than use macros?

Using constant data records also saves time, increases accuracy and reduces keystrokes, but constant data can only be used for data that never changes. Macros can be used for data that is always changing. Using the example listed above, I may need to insert today's date in a 949 MARC field. As today's date always changes, I could not create a constant data record for this action.

Minitex Support for Macros

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OCLC Support for Macros

At OCLC's website, you can share macros, browse macros from other recommended websites, view archived presentations on using macros and view manuals and tutorials to help you write your own macros for Connexion Client.

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