cataloging electronic serials/Serials Solutions
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- Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 14:53:11 -0500
- From: Joan Pirie <jopirie@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: cataloging electronic serials/Serials Solutions
Proposed change to electronic serials cataloging (utilizing Serials Solutions)
Currently Vassar fully catalogs ALL non-aggregator electronic serials
(JSTOR, MUSE, ScienceDirect, WILEY, ACM, ACS, IOP, etc., etc.) Our policy
is to include all formats (print, electronic, microtext) on one
We are looking at streamlining our procedures, as it is difficult to keep
up with added content and titles on a timely basis. We will continue the
one record policy. What we are proposing is to no longer reflect holdings
or package-specific URLs in our OPAC records, but rather to link directly
into the Serials Solutions record for a particular title (perhaps via a URL
which embeds an ISSN search to match on the Serials Solutions database,
which would save the patron from re-keying the search at the
For example: under our current procedures, we link specifically to the URL
for the JSTOR text of African American review (on one bibliographic record
for the print and electronic). HOWEVER, we also have access to AAR through
the following aggregators: ProQuest Research Library; MasterFILE
Select; Expanded Academic ASAP; and Literature Online (LION), NONE of
which are reflected in our OPAC record. Conversely, we may have access
through aggregators to other titles which we only hold in print, to which
we might add a "maybe" link to Serials Solutions ("check if this journal is
available online"). Our aim is to enhance the relationship between our
OPAC and our Serials Solutions E-journal Finder, allowing patrons to access
an electronic version of a journal title regardless of whether they started
with the OPAC or with the E-journal Finder.
We are also toying with the idea of de-duping the Serials Solutions
bi-monthly Excel spreadsheet and loading only those records which are
unique (i.e., not accounted for in the examples above) into our OPAC.
Is anyone doing anything along these lines? We've explored the examples
given on the Serials Solutions website, but were wondering if there were
any other scenarios.
We will be utilizing III's Electronic Resources Management package when it
goes into general release. If anyone has any information on how this might
impact our proposal, please feel free to forward them!
I would be happy to summarize any responses for the list.
Head of Cataloging
Vassar College Libraries
124 Raymond Ave.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0295