Tuesday, December 22, 2009

More on the Repeatable MARC 260 Field

CONSER has posted a recording of a recent webinar, "A Passing Interest in Publishers: Multiple 260 Fields in the MARC Record" presented by Melissa Beck and Valerie Bross, both of UCLA. The webinar covers repeatable 260s for serials, integrating resources, and multipart monographs. The webinar recording is about 1 hour in length, followed by a little over 10 minutes of discussion.

Links to the webinar recording (via Elluminate) and related information are on the right-hand column of the CONSER homepage. Or you can link directly to the webinar recording, PowerPoint slides, and chat session transcript.

A previous posting included a link to the 260 field documentation.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Serials Librarian is Seeking a New Editor

Taylor & Francis has issued a call for a new Editor-in-Chief for the Serials Librarian. Information can be found here.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Call for Proposals: ALA Midwinter 2010

The ALCTS Continuing Resources Section College and Research Libraries Interest Group (CRS C&RL IG) requests presentation proposals for our Midwinter Meeting in Boston on Sunday, January 17, 2010, from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Withdrawing print when libraries also have online access
  • Distributed print repositories
  • Regrouping after serials cancellations: have / how have your workflows changed?
  • Pay per view pricing for journal articles
  • RDA and FRBR, as they pertain to serials
  • MARC Format for Holdings Data
  • Next generation OPACs and serial displays
  • Other topics?

Each presentation should be approximately 20 minutes. There will be time for discussion.

Please e-mail proposals by *December 14, 2009* to Beth Bernhardt, Beth_Bernhardt@uncg.edu

Please include in your proposal:

  • Title of presentation
  • Brief summary of proposed presentation
  • Name(s) and position(s) of presenter(s)
  • E-mail address(es) of presenter(s)

Many thanks. We hope to see you in Boston!


Beth Bernhardt, Co-chair, ALCTS C&RL IG

Electronic Resources Librarian, Jackson Library, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Beth_Bernhardt@uncg.edu

Rebecca Kemp, Co-chair, ALCTS C&RL IG

E-Resources Acquisitions Librarian, Davis Library, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, rkempemailuncedu

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"Serials in RDA: A Starter's Tour and Kit" by Mary Curran

In her Serials Librarian column, "E-Ventures: Notes and Reflections from the e-Serials Field," Mary Curran presents a concise tour of Resource Description and Access (RDA) rules related to serials cataloging. She covers changes from Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, second edition (AACR2); the text of RDA rules related to those changes; RDA rules regarding major and minor title changes; examples of how RDA data elements will be recorded; serial-related issues that have been deferred for later discussion by the Joint Steering Committee (JSC); examples of FRBR-RDA mapping for selected serials-related data; and examples of MARC record syntaxes.

"Serials in RDA: A Starter's Tour and Kit" is published in the Serials Librarian, vol. 57, issue 4 (November 2009), pages 306-323.

DOI: 10.1080/03615260903218825

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

NASIG seeks Cataloging Programming for 2010 Conference

NASIG 2010: Second Call for Proposals

NASIG 25th Annual Conference
An Oasis in Shifting Sands: NASIG at 25
June 3-6, 2010
Palm Springs, California

The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) 2010 Program Planning Committee (PPC) extends a second call for proposals and/or program ideas for pre-conference, vision, strategy, and tactics sessions. We welcome all proposals related to serials and electronic resources, and we are particularly interested in the following topics in order to provide a diverse conference program:

  • Changes in the cataloging environment, particularly Resource Description and Access (RDA)
  • Future directions for binding and other print-centered processes
  • On-demand and patron-driven purchasing
  • Programs reporting the findings of descriptive or experimental research on serials-related topics

The Program Planning Committee will review all submitted proposals for their content and timeliness, and reserves the right to combine or refocus proposals to maximize their relevance and to avoid duplication.

This Call for Proposals will close on November 6, 2009. PPC hopes to notify proposers in December 2009. Inquiries may be sent to the PPC co-chairs, Morag Boyd and Anne Mitchell at: prog-plan@nasig.org

For additional details and to suggest a proposal or idea, please complete the online form.

We look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs,

Morag Boyd and Anne Mitchell, PPC Co-Chairs

Thursday, October 1, 2009

2010, the Year of Cataloging Research

In a guest editorial for Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, Allyson Carlyle discusses the ALCTS Implementation Task Group on the LCWG Report's declaration that 2010 will be the year of cataloging research. She encourages library-related organizations to promote programs on cataloging research. She also mentions several way individuals can contribute:
  • Generate and share inspiring research ideas;
  • Do your own research;
  • Present and publish your research;
  • Encourage and support others doing research (fill out those email surveys);
  • Read research papers and articles on bibliographic control;
  • Organize a research program or other event on bibliographic control at a conference you attend;
  • Spread the word-let everyone interested in cataloging, catalogs, metadata, bibliographic control of any sort know about it;
  • Attend programs on cataloging research at ALA and other conferences.

Read the complete editorial in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, vol. 47, issue 8 (Nov. 2009), pages 687-690.
DOI: 10.1080/01639370903223901

Friday, August 28, 2009

Information on the Repeatable 260 Field

The Library of Congress has announced its plans for implementing the repeatability of the MARC 21 260 field. The Library of Congress and Program for Cooperative Cataloging plan to implement the changes on September 1, 2009. Guidelines for the repeatable 260 field (to account for publication data that changes over time) are now available.

Monday, August 24, 2009

2010 NASIG Conference - Call for Proposals and Ideas

NASIG 25th Annual Conference
An Oasis in Shifting Sands: NASIG at 25
June 3-6, 2010
Palm Springs, California

The 2010 Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites proposals and/or program ideas for pre-conference, vision, strategy, and tactics sessions. The Program Planners are interested in hearing from publishers, vendors, librarians, and others in the field of serials and electronic resources about issues relating to scholarly communication, publishing, licensing, and cataloging.

This Call for Proposals will close on September 25, 2009. Inquiries may be sent to the PPC co-chairs, Morag Boyd and Anne Mitchell at: prog-plan@nasig.org

To propose a program or idea, please use the online form.

Please keep in mind the following:

  • The Program Planning Committee will review all submitted proposals for their content and timeliness.
  • PPC will treat all submissions as suggestions and guideposts. PPC may work with potential presenters to blend or refocus proposals to maximize their relevance to attendees and avoid duplication.
  • Proposals should name any particular products or services that will be the focus of a presentations, but keep in mind that programs should not promote a specific institution, product, or service.
  • Proposals based on descriptive and experimental research findings are encouraged.
  • Time management issues generally limit each session to two speakers. Panels of four (4) or more speakers must be discussed in advance with the PPC (prog-plan@nasig.org)
  • Proposals may be suggested as one type of session and/or format and ultimately be accepted as any one of the other types of sessions or formats; this decision is the purview of the Program Planning Committee.
  • Vision and Strategy speakers presenting original content are required to produce a written paper for the conference proceedings.
  • NASIG has a reimbursement policy for conference speakers whose organizations do not cover expenses. Details about reimbursement are available on the NASIG website.
  • The Program Planning Committee hopes to notify applicants of the status of their proposals in December 2009.

We look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs!
- Morag Boyd and Anne Mitchell, NASIG PPC Co-Chairs

Thursday, July 16, 2009

"E-Journal Cataloging in an Age of Alternatives: A Survey of Academic Libraries" by Xiaotian Chen and Stephen Wynn

Chen and Wynn present the results of a survey of 72 U.S. academic libraries on cataloging practices for electronic journals. The survey covered various aspects including if e-journals are cataloged, what percentage, the use of batch loading, if holdings are reported to OCLC, reasons why e-journals are not cataloged, other services for accessing e-journals, the use of A-to-Z lists and OpenURL link resolvers, and future plans to change policies or procedures. Respondents were also asked to identify persistent problems/issues with e-journal cataloging and to anticipate future trends. The researchers found that most libraries who are cataloging their e-journals are satisfied with their policies. They also found that some libraries think cataloging is unnecessary and predict that "this sentiment will grow, especially as new tools become more widely adopted."

Chen and Wynn's article can be found in The Serials Librarian, vol. 57, issue 1 & 2 (July 2009), pages 96-110.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Serial or Monograph: Who Decides?" by Kathy Carter

Carter's article discusses the monograph versus serial question for online resources, specifically looking at cases where a library owns both print and online versions of the resource. She outlines the pros and cons of monographic and serial treatment, presents a brief survey of the cataloging practices of a sample of ARL libraries (for a single title), and provides sample OPAC screenshots to illustrate the information users are given in a results list for various cataloging practices. Cataloging decisions are complicated by the publisher's decision on how to present the titles, the availability of MARC record sets, and how the title is treated in the library's link resolver's knowledgebase.

Carter's article is available in The Serials Librarian, vol. 57, issue 1 & 2 (July 2009), pages 87-95.

"How the Current Draft of RDA Addresses the Cataloging of Reproductions, Facsimiles, and Microforms" by Steven A. Knowlton

Knowlton's article discusses the "multiple versions problem" (sometimes called the MulVer problem) that arises when cataloging reproductions. He provides a brief overview of how reproductions have been handled under various cataloging codes. He then discusses how RDA, with its basis in FRBR principles, will deal wtih the MulVer problem. While the proposed new cataloging code may help to clarify relationships between originals and reproductions, Knowlton argues that, "RDA as currently designed is challenging for the cataloger and includes many data that may prove to be difficult for catalog users to understand."

Read Knowlton's article in Library Resources & Technical Services, vol. 53, no. 3 (July 2009), pages 159-165.

Monday, July 13, 2009

"ISSN-L: A New Standard Means Better Links" by Oliver Pesch

Pesch's column, "Spotlight on Serials Standards," takes a look at the ISSN-L. He gives an overview of the history of the development of the new standard and explains its benefits.

See The Serials Librarian, vol. 57, issue 1 & 2 (2009), pages 40-47.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Call for Papers: Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

CCQ welcomes the submission of research, theory, and practice papers relevant to the broad field of bibliographic organization.

This journal, published now 8 times a year by Taylor & Francis, LLC, is respected as an international forum that emphasizes research and review articles, description of new programs and technologies relevant to cataloging and classification, and considered speculative articles on improved methods of bibliographic control for the future.

Articles are particularly welcome in areas dealing with research-based cataloging practice, including user behavior, user needs and benefits. Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts via email with attached word document to the Editor, Sandra K. Roe, Bibliographic Services Librarian, Illinois State University (email: skroe@ilstu.edu)

Special Issues
Colleagues interested in guest editing a special issue or expanded double issue are invited to contact the Editor with a general proposal, tentative schedule, and CVs. Previous special issues have included:
  • Metadata and Open Access Repositories (Michael Babinec and Holly Mercer, Guest Editors)
  • Bibliographic Database Quality (Jeffrey Beall and Stephen Hearn, Guest Editors)
  • The Intellectual and Professional World of Cataloging (Qiang Jin, Guest Editor)
  • Knitting the Semantic Web (Jane Greenberg and Eva Méndez, Guest Editor)
  • Cataloger, Editor and Scholar: Essays in Honor of Ruth C. Carter (Robert Holley, Guest Editor)

  • Annual Best Paper Award
    Taylor & Francis sponsors an annual prize for CCQ with a small financial stipend for the Best Paper of the Year.

    Free Print Sample
    A free print specimen copy may be obtained by sending an email to Marisa.starr@taylorandfrancis.com

    For More Details
    Further details may be found at the CCQ home page.

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    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    Preservation Actions, MARC 21 Field 583, and Communal Local Holdings Records in OCLC WorldCat

    A white paper entitled, "Preservation Actions, MARC 21 Field 583, and Communal Local Holdings Records in OCLC WorldCat," is now available via the CONSER Web site. It discusses a proposal to record data on preservation actions and commitments for print serials. The collection of this data is necessitated by the trend in some libraries to discard print copies when online versions are available.

    Report from the Joint BIBCO CONSER Operations Meeting and the CONSER Operations Meeting

    The report from the Joint BIBCO CONSER Operations Meeting held April 30, 2009, and the CONSER Operations Meeting held April 30-May 1, 2009, is now available on the CONSER Web site. Topics covered include:
    • Proposal to make field 008/39 obsolete (cataloging source data)
    • Use of the term "Online" as a series qualifier
    • Repeatable MARC 260 field guidelines
    • MARC 853 field for print archiving
    • Individual CONSER memberships
    • Coordination with Serials Solutions on CONSER MARC records
    • NISO best practices for title changes
    • RDA and LCRIs
    • Google Books Library Project records
    • CONSER practice on MARC 776 and 856 fields in print records

    Tuesday, June 2, 2009

    “Harnessing the Spiderweb: Collaborative Serial Maintenance, Challenges and Solutions at UC” recorded by Lisa S. Blackwell

    Blackwell’s report covers a presentation given at the 2008 NASIG Conference by Sarah Gardner, Melissa Beck, and Valerie Bross on a cooperative cataloging project undertaken by University of California system libraries. The logistics for setting up the UC CONSER Funnel are discussed.

    This report is available in The Serials Librarian, vol. 56 (2009), pages 240-245 and to NASIG members on the NASIG Web site.

    “Taking the Sting Out of Multiple Format Serials Displays” recorded by Jean Sibley

    This is a report of a presentation given by University of Kentucky librarians Marsha Seamans and Nancy Lewis at the 2008 NASIG Conference. They discussed their efforts to improve access to multiple format serials (particularly online journals) in their online library catalog. This report will be of greatest interest to libraries using the Voyager ILS, as its focus is on Voyager’s bibliographic record linking feature.

    Find this report in The Serials Librarian, vol. 56 (2009), pages 220-225 or NASIG members can access it via the NASIG Web site.

    “MARC Holdings Conversion: Now That We’re Here, What Do We Do?” recorded by Patricia Howe

    This is a report of the session presented at the 2008 NASIG Conference by Steven C. Shadle (moderator) and Siôn Romaine, Frieda Rosenberg, Ted Schwitzner, and Naomi Young (presenters).

    Presenters for this strategy session covered some of the benefits of using the MARC Format for Holdings Data. They also provided tips for planning a conversion project and discussed the outcomes, both the expected and the unexpected. The report wraps up with a lengthy list of “lessons learned.”

    This conference report appears in The Serials Librarian, vol. 56 (2009), pages 168-180. It will also be available to NASIG members on the NASIG Web site.

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009

    ALA Annual Presentation Proposals: ALCTS Continuing Resources Section, C&RL Interest Group

    The ALCTS Continuing Resources Section College and Research Libraries Interest Group (CRS C&RL IG) requests presentation proposals for our Annual Meeting in Chicago on Saturday, July 11th from 10:30am-12:00pm.

    Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

    • RDA and FRBR, as they pertain to serials
    • Licensing and SERU
    • MARC Format for Holdings Data
    • Best practices in managing budget cuts and serials cancellations
    • KBART and knowledge base management
    • Next generation OPACs and serial displays
    • Open Access journals and serials in Institutional Repositories
    • The future of serials cataloging and/or the future of managing serials bibliographic and holdings records

    Each presentation should be approximately 20 minutes. There will be time for discussion.

    Please e-mail proposals by May 29th to Britta Santamauro, bsantamauro@chasemail.org

    Please include in your proposal:

    • Title of presentation
    • Brief summary of proposed presentation
    • Name(s) and position(s) of presenter(s)
    • E-mail address(es) of presenter(s)

    Many thanks. We hope to see you at ALA Annual!

    Britta Santamauro, Chair, CRS C&RL IG
    Co-Director of Library Services
    Chase Collegiate School
    Waterbury, CT 06708
    Bsantamauro [at] chasemail [dot] org

    Rebecca Kemp, Co-Chair / Chair-elect, CRS C&RL IG
    Serials Coordinator Librarian
    UNC Wilmington
    Wilmington, NC 28403
    kempr [at] uncw [dot] edu

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    Friday, April 17, 2009

    "Metadata in a Digital Age: New Models of Creation, Discovery, and Use" recorded by Paoshan W. Yue

    This article is the report on a preconference held during the 2008 NASIG Annual Conference. It was co-sponsored by NISO (National Information Standards Organization). Yue's report covers presentations given by various speakers on metadata, providing both library and publisher/vendor perspectives.

    Two sections in this article of particular interest to serials catalogers are: "ISSN: Linking Data and Metadata" presented by Regina Romano Reynolds of National Serials Data Program at the Library of Congress, and: "Changes in Cooperative Cataloging Standards: Implementation of the CONSER Standard Record" presented by Les Hawkins, who is the CONSER Coordinator at the Library of Congress. Reynolds provided general information about the ISSN program, as well as an update on the status of the new ISSN-L. Hawkins talked about the establishment of the CONSER Standard Record.

    This article is available in The Serials Librarian, vol. 56, issue 1-4 (Jan. 2009), pages 7-24. It will also be available to NASIG members on the NASIG Web site.

    Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    NASIG 2009 Annual Conference in Asheville, NC

    NASIG Conference Registration is waiting for you!


    We know travel dollars are tight or non-existent, but we also know that the NASIG conference is the best deal around. If you are into electronic resource acquisition, management, or general e-resource wrangling, serials or e-resource cataloging, collection development, serials or other related areas, NASIG offers targeted programs to assist in your professional development and some of the best networking around.

    For those who are still “on the fence,” here are a couple of things to consider. Times being what they are, this is THE conference not to miss. Why?

    The Program

    As usual, we have an excellent line up of cutting-edge speakers and poster sessions waiting to inspire and informyou. Also informal discussion groups where you can share

    ideas with your peers and talk with publishing representatives. See:


    We’ve also got several great pre-conferences with seats still open. If you are a cataloger in the Southeast or Mid-Atlantic region, here’s a chance to register for an official SCCTP workshop on Electronic resources/serials cataloging. Get it while it’s close by! Our other pre-conferences are also valuable opportunities to bone up on e-journal strategies and licensing. See:


    Opportunities to Network & Forget Our Budget Woes for a Few Days Asheville is quite a fun town, with many cultural and culinary offerings within easy walking distance of the two conference hotels (which are right across the street from each other). We’re providing wonderful live music at the Crest Center on Saturday night – see:


    Our optional NASIG evening at the Biltmore Estate is going to be fabulous and will give participants a wonderful dinner, a private evening tour, plus the opportunity to return for more exploration later in the week. It’s a real deal. For more information see:


    The Asheville Tourists baseball team will be playing.

    Asheville has many brewpubs, arts and crafts, nature trails and hiking, the list goes on. See:


    Travel and Roommate Assistance

    We will be offering a custom airport shuttle for those flying into the Asheville airport (more on this soon), and there are several other cities nearby that offer competitive airfares. This is the best time EVER to book airline flights! Check out the deals. And if you need any assistance, check out our Travel Guru Service for free assistance and advice. See: TRAVEL ASSISTANCE: Let NASIG’s “Travel Gurus” help!

    Worried about finding a roommate? Use the NASIG “forums” or the NASIG Facebook page to find one!

    Special Program for First-Timers

    Information about our Mentoring Program, which is very popular with folks new to the field and first-timers to the conference. See: Mentoring Program Announcement.

    WE REALLY HOPE TO SEE YOU IN ASHEVILLE! Questions? Contact cpc@nasig.org

    Marilyn M. Carney

    Publicist, NASIG, Inc.


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    Friday, April 3, 2009

    "A Snapshot of Early Acceptance of the CONSER Standard Record in Local Catalogs" by Lori J. Terrill

    A new issue of the Serials Review is now online. This article contains the first published research that I'm aware of on the CONSER Standard Record. Here's the abstract:

    In an effort to enhance the usefulness of serial bibliographic records, while also increasing the cost-effectiveness of record creation and maintenance, CONSER adopted new cataloging guidelines in 2007. Commonly referred to as the “CONSER Standard Record,” the new cataloging standard was developed to support the user tasks of finding, identifying, selecting, and obtaining resources. This study looks at initial acceptance of the new standard by catalogers by measuring the types of edits made to these records in the copy cataloging process. Results indicate that libraries accept most of the changes made to the mandatory elements in the CONSER Standard Record, as compared to former full-level cataloging standards, and do not suggest the need for significant revision of the standard.

    The article can be found in the Serials Review, vol. 35, issue 1 (March 2009), pages 16-27.

    Friday, March 20, 2009

    NASIG 2008 Conference Proceedings Available

    The Proceedings for the 23rd Annual Conference of the North American Serials Interest Group are now available as a special issue of The Serials Librarian, volume 56, issue 1-4 (2009). The Proceedings were edited by NASIG members Buddy Pennington and Allyson A. Zellner.

    Thursday, March 19, 2009

    Call for Instructors for ALA-ALCTS Web Courses

    The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) needs knowledgeable librarians from all kinds of libraries to teach additional sections of its popular online courses.

    ALCTS offers three continuing education courses over the Web and is in the process of developing several more. We would like to offer multiple sections of some courses targeted to participants from the same type of library.

    We are recruiting knowledgeable librarians to teach additional sections of:
    • Fundamentals of Acquisitions Web Course
    • Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions Web Course
    • Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management Web Course
    • New courses in areas of collections and technical services
    Please visit the ALCTS Web site for additional information about the courses at: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/confevents/index.cfm

    Courses are provided over a five or six week period. They are composed of self-paced modules and include interaction with the instructors and classmates. This typically involves four weeks of instruction with one week of wrap up; there is no final class grade. The courses are already developed and ready to use; no additional editing is needed. Instructors would participate in evaluations and have the opportunity to recommend updates to the course content as needed. To ensure consistency of instruction and a high value experience for participants, course instructor training has ordinarily had several components:

    1. Take the course as a participant.
    2. Repeat the course shadowing the instructor, with access to the instructor interface.
    3. Team-teach the course with an experienced instructor.
    4. Teach the course solo.

    A modest honorarium will also be paid for solo teaching each session.

    If enough qualified applicants are identified, we would be able to create special "train the trainer" sections of the course that would allow us to accelerate the instructor training process.

    How to Apply:

    If you are interested in becoming an instructor for an ALCTS Web Course, please complete the online instructor application at http://alctsprogram.wufoo.com/forms/alcts-web-course-instructor-application/. You will be asked to:
    • Include a statement of interest (300 words maximum)
    • Specify the areas in which you are interested in teaching (acquisitions, collection development, serials, preservation, etc.)
    • Attach a copy of your resume
    Upon submission, the application will be send to Julia Gammon, chair of the ALCTS Education Committee. Review will be completed by the appropriate section level committees.

    The deadline for applications is May 4, 2009.

    Julia Gammon
    Head, Acquisitions Dept. University Libraries
    & Interim Marketing Manager, University of Akron Press
    University of Akron
    Akron, OH 44325-1708
    330-972-6254 (phone)
    330-972-5132 (fax)

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    Monday, March 9, 2009

    Conference Program Available for 2009 NASIG Conference

    The 2009 conference program for the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Annual Conference is now available.

    Information on registration, travel, hotels, Asheville, sponsors, and more can be linked to from the conference homepage.

    Thursday, March 5, 2009

    NASIG's Call for Poster Sessions

    The NASIG Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites poster session proposals for the 24th NASIG conference in Asheville, North Carolina, June 4-7, 2009. The theme of the conference is "Riding the Rapids through Mountains of Change."

    Posters will be on display 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, June 5th. Presenters should be available to discuss their topics during the afternoon break on this day. Submission form is online.

    Poster sessions provide an opportunity to share innovative ideas and new applications of technology. Sessions may present a report of a research study, an analysis of a practical problem-solving effort, or a description of an innovative program that may be of interest to the serials community. In keeping with NASIG's tradition of non-commercialism, poster sessions focusing solely on a commercial product will not be accepted.

    Deadline for submission: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, March 27, 2009. Members of the PPC's Sub-committee on Poster Sessions will evaluate abstracts. Presenters will be notified in April 2009.

    Inquiries may be sent to the PPC co-chairs, Erika Ripley and Morag Boyd at: prog-plan@nasig.org

    Tuesday, February 24, 2009

    CONSER Standard Record Documentation Update

    I previously reported on the November 2008 update to the CONSER Standard Record Documentation. CONSER has now posted an overview of those changes here.

    CONSER 2009 ALA Midwinter At-Large Meeting Summary

    The CONSER ALA Midwinter At-Large Meeting Summary from Jan. 25, 2009 is now available. It includes information on the RLG Shared Print Program, ISSN-L developments, the CSR MARC Task Group, the update of the SCCTP Holdings Workshop, and more.

    Thursday, February 19, 2009

    Serials Holdings Workshop - Call for Trainers


    A train-the-trainer session for the Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program (SCCTP) Serial Holdings workshop will be held in conjunction with the ALA Annual conference in Chicago on Friday, July 10, 2009. The session will be held from 8:30-5:00 and will include modeling of selected course materials as well as training tips.

    Trainers should have experience using the MARC Format for Holdings Data (MFHD), familiarity with serials, and some training experience. Trainers will be expected to be available to give a minimum of two workshops per year. The holdings course is designed to be given by a single trainer or a pair of trainers using PowerPoint, a trainee manual, and hands-on exercises.

    There is no cost for the train-the-trainer session. Your institution will be responsible for travel, lodging and per diem costs while you are attending the training. Training materials will be provided online for printing free of charge.

    For more information on the SCCTP program, see http://www.loc.gov/acq/conser/scctp/scctp-home.html

    Application Process: If you are interested in becoming a trainer for this workshop, please send an email to CONSER Program email address conser@loc.gov by March 20, 2009 with the following information:

    1) Your name, title, mailing and email addresses and telephone and fax numbers.

    2) A brief description of your experience in MARC Format for Holdings Data (MFHD), your experience with cataloging serials, and your experience with providing cataloging or other training

    3) Names of three references who can attest to your experience and training ability

    Selection of participants:
    When choosing participants for the train-the-trainer session, selectors may wish to consult with the applicant's supervisor or another reference who can provide helpful details on qualifications. A maximum of 15 people
    in the session may limit acceptance.

    The Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program (SCCTP) requires a statement of support from the prospective trainer's home institution if the participant will be using official time to prepare, travel, and instruct at another institution. When the applicant becomes a trainer, the group sponsoring the SCCTP event will cover the travel and lodging expenses of the instructor, and optionally, may offer an honorarium.

    Confirmation Required for Course Attendance:
    Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be placed in the training session. Accordingly, you should not make any travel arrangements before receiving official confirmation. The registrar will acknowledge all applications as they arrive. The registrar will notify each potential candidate of the response to their application by March 27, 2009, sending confirmation notices and additional details to participants.

    Please direct any questions to:
    Les Hawkins
    CONSER Coordinator
    Library of Congress

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    Friday, January 23, 2009

    MARC Coding for Serials

    The North American Serials Interest Group has published a new NASIGuide, "MARC Coding for Serials." The guide was written by Elizabeth McDonald and Beverly Geckle and "focuses on how serial MARC records differ from records for other formats."

    A complete listing of NASIGuides is available online and includes others of interest to serials catalogers, such as:

    Thursday, January 8, 2009

    CONSER Standard Record Documentation Update

    The CONSER Standard Record Documentation has been updated as of November 4, 2008. The url remains the same as it was previously. Links to the documentation and related LCRIs can be found here.

    “Single-Record versus Separate-Record Approaches for Cataloging E-Serials in the OCLC WorldCat Local Environment” by Lihong Zhu

    Zhu’s article reconsiders the single versus separate record decision for cataloging online serials from the perspective of a library using network-level cataloging via OCLC’s WorldCat Local platform. The author outlines the decision-making process that led Washington State University to abandon the single-record approach for the separate-record approach.

    "Single-Record versus Separate-Record Approaches for Cataloging E-Serials in the OCLC WorldCat Local Environment" is published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, vol. 47, no. 2 (2009), pages 161-170.

    Note to LibX users: This article is only available online on the InformaWorld site and not the old Haworth Press site. If the InformaWorld link has not been added to your OpenURL resolver, try this link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01639370802575583

    Monday, January 5, 2009

    More ALA Midwinter Programming

    You are cordially invited to attend the following ALA Midwinter program sponsored by the ALA ALCTS Continuing Resources Section's Committee on Holdings Information.

    Holdings Information Forum: E-Serials Holdings: Whether, Why, and How?

    Time: Saturday Jan 24, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

    Location: Colorado Convention Center Room 301 (Denver)

    Program Description: Unlike the Print world, libraries are no longer the sole suppliers of holdings data for electronic serials. The forum will examine this new reality and address such questions as: Who has the data? Who provides e-content coverage? Who needs and uses the data? How is the data exchanged? In what format? What are the format standards for electronic holdings data? And will a crosswalk between MARC21 and ONIX SOH (currently in version 1.1) benefit the display of serials holdings information in local systems?


    Heather Staines (Springer US): The Many Facets of Metadata Exchange Between Publishers and the Research Community, and the Role that A&I Services and DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) Play in Providing Access to Electronic Content.

    Rebecca Gunther (LC) for Linda Miller (LC): ONIX for Serials: How it Can Map to the MARC21 Holdings Format

    Peter McCracken (Co-founder and Director of Research, Serials Solutions):

    The Function and Role of Chronology and Enumeration Information in ERAMS Tools, Such as A-to-Z Lists and Link Resolver Knowledgebases

    Myrtle Myers (OCLC): OCLC eSerials Holdings and Beyond

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