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[http://hamnet.folger.edu Hamnet] is the online catalog of the [[Folger Shakespeare Library]]'s collection. It contains hundreds of thousands of records for books, manuscripts, prints, DVDs, objects, e-resources, and other material, but does not describe everything in the collection. Many manuscripts, for example, are instead described in online [[finding aids]], and other materials are still only described in the [[card catalogs]] and other paper-based resources.  
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Hamnet was the Folger's first online catalog, a component of the [[Voyager ILS]]. It debuted in 1997, and remained in service until June 30, 2022 when it was replaced by the current [[Catalog]].
 
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==History==
 
==History==
Hamnet debuted in 1997. The name was chosen through a competition open to staff and readers, and evokes both Shakespeare ("Hamnet" was the name of his son, "Hamlet" is one of his best-known plays) and the Internet (often called just "the Net" in the 1990s). At first, Hamnet only had records for open-stacks books and for newly-cataloged vault books, along with preliminary records for all vault books, art, and manuscripts acquired from 1997 onward.  
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The name "Hamnet" was chosen through a competition open to staff and readers, and evokes both Shakespeare ("Hamnet" was the name of his son, "Hamlet" is one of his best-known plays) and the Internet (often called just "the Net" in the 1990s). At first, Hamnet only had full records for open-stacks books and newly-cataloged vault books, plus preliminary records for any vault books, art, and manuscripts acquired from 1997 onward. By the time it was replaced, it contained at least a brief record of just about everything in the collection.
 
 
Thanks to various grant-funded projects, large batches of old [[Card catalogs|card catalog]] records were superseded by online catalog records over the years (rest assured, the card catalog still exists, it just isn't being updated anymore). Some of these records came from book-in-hand recataloging of material already cataloged on cards, but most came from retrospective conversion (known as "recon" to librarians), where someone re-types what's on the cards into the appropriate fields in an online system.
 
 
 
== Using Hamnet ==
 
The following tips and tricks can be useful when using Hamnet. Always keep in mind, though, that standards and practices for catalog records have changed over time, that many records were created by re-keying old cards, and that people make mistakes.
 
 
 
=== For researchers ===
 
==== General tips ====
 
[[Searching in Hamnet | "Searching in Hamnet" Folgerpedia article]]
 
 
 
[http://hamnet.folger.edu/help/search.htm Hamnet's own Help Page]
 
 
 
====Setting limits====
 
[http://collation.folger.edu/2014/11/folger-tooltips-the-limits-of-set-limits-in-hamnet/ Folger Tooltips: The limits of “Set Limits” in Hamnet] (''Collation'' post)
 
 
 
====Getting a URL for a search====
 
[http://collation.folger.edu/2011/12/folger-tooltips-hamnet-urls-part-one/ Folger Tooltips: Hamnet URLs, part 1] (''Collation'' post)
 
 
 
[http://collation.folger.edu/2012/02/folger-tooltips-hamnet-urls-part-two/ Folger Tooltips: Hamnet URLs, part 2] (''Collation'' post)
 
 
 
====Getting raw data====
 
[http://collation.folger.edu/2014/09/folger-tooltips-getting-raw-hamnet-data/ Folger Tooltips: Getting raw Hamnet data] (''Collation'' post)
 
 
 
==== Specific material tips ====
 
[http://collation.folger.edu/2013/05/folger-tooltips-hamnet-access-to-e-books-part-one/ Folger Tooltips: Hamnet access to e-books, part one] (''Collation'' post)
 
 
 
[[Comic books and graphic novels]]
 
 
 
Manuscripts: In Hamnet, to limit search to manuscripts, search “material type” = “manuscript” under advanced search, or set date and material type limits under “set limits.”
 
 
 
[[Promptbooks]]
 
 
 
=== For catalogers ===
 
[[List of keyword search fields in Hamnet and their associated MARC codes]]
 
 
 
 
 
==Technical information==
 
Hamnet records are encoded in [[MARC]] (which stands for "MAchine-Readable Cataloging"), a data format developed at the Library of Congress in the late 1960s that quickly became the international standard for libraries. All MARC fields searchable from the "Advanced" tab in Hamnet are listed in Folgerpedia's [[List of keyword search fields in Hamnet and their associated MARC codes]].
 
  
[[Category:Research guides]]
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[[Category: Voyager]]
[[Category:Cataloging]]
 
[[Category: Digital Folger]]
 

Latest revision as of 20:24, 28 October 2022

Hamnet was the Folger's first online catalog, a component of the Voyager ILS. It debuted in 1997, and remained in service until June 30, 2022 when it was replaced by the current Catalog.

History

The name "Hamnet" was chosen through a competition open to staff and readers, and evokes both Shakespeare ("Hamnet" was the name of his son, "Hamlet" is one of his best-known plays) and the Internet (often called just "the Net" in the 1990s). At first, Hamnet only had full records for open-stacks books and newly-cataloged vault books, plus preliminary records for any vault books, art, and manuscripts acquired from 1997 onward. By the time it was replaced, it contained at least a brief record of just about everything in the collection.