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Batch Editing


Batch editing and record comparison tools are configured and run on the Tools pane:

Tools pane

At the top is a toolbar containing all available commands. Under the toolbar is a list of categories on the left. Click a category to show items in that category in the grid. The right pane contains information about the selected item in the grid.

  • Overview is a folder that displays getting started help topics that appear in the right pane.

  • Enhancements are pre-built batch edits written by Mitinet™ to help you update and maintain your entire database. These enhancements are continually updated so your records always have the latest information when you run them.

  • Global Edits are sets of instructions that describe what changes you want to make to your records and under what conditions you want the changes to happen. These are stored in the Private folder so you can refer to them later, or you can put them in the Shared folder to share with your colleagues.

  • Workflows allow you to group Enhancements and Global Edits into a single action.

  • Selections are a set of Conditions describing which records to add or remove from a List.

  • Checkpoints allow you to save or undo changes you have made in BestMARC™ and view a side-by-side, before and after, comparison of your records.


Detail Grid

  • Click an item in the list to select it. Double-click an item to Modify it.
  • Select additional items by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on additional items to select. Select a group of sequential items by clicking the first, holding down the Shift key, then clicking the last item.
  • Items with Expand icon next to them have additional items inside them. Click the arrow to expand or collapse it.

  • Click a column header to sort on that column. Click additional times to toggle between ascending order, descending order, and no sorting.
  • Click and drag column headers to reorder columns. The Name column is always first and cannot be reordered.
  • Click and drag between columns to change the size of columns.
  • Columns
    • Name - Name of the selected item.
    • Type - The type of item such as Global Edit, Workflow, or Selection. Type is also indicated by the icon next to the item's name.
    • Share - The name of the organization the selected item is shared with, or Private if it is not shared.
    • Author - The creator of this item. Only the author or Account Manager is allowed to Modify an item (though others can Copy and modify the copy). If the Account Manager modifies an item, they become the new author.
    • Modified - Date the selected item was last modified.
    • Last Run - Date the selected item was last run.
  • Details for the selected item appears in the Summary pane to the right of the grid.

The toolbar shows an icon for each command that can be performed on the selected item:

Tools Toolbar

  • The icon appears if there is not enough room to display all the icons. Click on it to display any hidden items.

  • Click Refresh to update the list of items without reloading the entire page.

  • Alternatively, right-click on an item and select a command from the context menu that opens:

    Tools Context Menu

New / Modify

New / Modify

Click New to create a new Global Edit, Workflow, or Selection.

Select an item in the list and click Modify to open an existing item for review or modification. As a shortcut, you can double-click on an item to Modify it.

Only the listed Author or the Account Manager can modify a selected item.

When you are finished, click Save to save your changes or Cancel to close without saving. If it is new, you will be asked to enter a name for this item which is listed in the Private folder after saving.

Preview / Run

Preview / Run

These commands vary slightly depending on the selected item's type. For more details, see the following documentation pages:

  • Enhancement - Click Run to run the selected enhancement on your records, using the options stored in your Profile. Enhancements cannot be previewed.
  • Global Edit - Click Run to run the selected Global Edit on your records. Click Preview to view a side-by-side comparison of how your record will change when you run it.
  • Workflow - Click Run to run the selected Workflow on your records. Click Preview to view a side-by-side comparison of how the Workflow will change your records when you run it. When enhancements are part of the workflow, they cannot be previewed.
  • Checkpoints - Select a checkpoint item. Click Run to Update Checkpoints or Restore Checkpoints for all of your records. Click Preview to Compare Records which displays a side-by-side comparison between your current record and the checkpoint.
We recommend that you Preview any new Global Edit or Workflow to ensure that they work properly before running against all of your records.

Copy / Rename / Delete

Copy / Rename / Delete

  • Copy - Makes a copy of the currently selected item in the list. Enter a name for the copy and it is saved in the Private folder.
  • Rename - Change the name and/or description of the currently selected item in the list. Enter the new name for the item and description about what it does. You can only rename items if you are the Author.
  • Delete - Delete the currently selected item in the list. You can only delete items if you are the Author. Remove a Global Edit from any Workflows before you delete it.



By default, the items you create are stored in your Private folder. Only you can run or modify those items.

You can share Global Edits and Workflows with your colleagues and they are stored in the Shared folder.

Alternatively, you can share a copy to any other BestMARC user that is not under your license. Copies are created in their Private folder, as if they had created them so they can edit them as they please.

Share with my organization

Click Share and choose My organization... from the menu to open the sharing window:

Share Window

  • Select the organization you would like to share with or select Private to remove sharing. If the organization list is incorrect, contact technical support to update it.

  • Click Share to save your changes.

Shared items are shown in the Shared folder. All members of the shared organization can Run or Copy items in the shared folder.

Share an item with an individual organization (i.e. a school) and all users for that location can use it. Share with a "parent" organization (i.e. a district) and all users from all locations underneath it (all schools) can use it.

All Global Edits within a Workflow must also be shared to the same location. Expand the workflow, select the workflow and all the Global Edits inside at once, and then perform the Share to share everything in one step.

Only the listed Author or the Account Manager can Modify a shared item. Be aware that changing the shared item changes it for anybody who runs that item.

For example:

Create a Workflow that automatically runs the Award Notes Enhancement, Subject Headings Enhancement, and performs 3 Global Edits for a particular vendor called Import Vendor A records.

Share the Import Vendor A records workflow with your organization so every time anybody gets a new file from Vendor A, they can import it with this Workflow.

If you later discover that Vendor A records need additional processing, Modify the Import Vendor A records workflow to perform the additional work without needing to notify the rest of the staff. The updated workflow allows your staff to continue to run Import Vendor A records with the additional processing automatically.

Share with another BestMARC user

Select one or more Global Edits, Workflows, or Selections to send. Please note that any Global Edits that are inside a Workflow do not need to be selected and will be copied automatically.

Click Share and choose Send copy to user... from the menu to open the copy window:

Send copy to user

Enter the BestMARC username and click Copy.

If the entered user has given you permission to send them toolbox items in their Profile (see Permissions), a copy of your Global Edit, Workflow, or Selection is made and placed in their Private folder.

The destination user will receive a BestMARC notification.

Items show up in the destination user's BestMARC after they refresh their Tools list.

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