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:

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