Controlling Electronic Journals Mary Beth Bell 31 Jul 2001 16:17 UTC


I am new to this list.  Hope my question is relevant
for discussion here.

At ALA this summer, I visited the booth of Serials
Solutions, a vendor that specializes in helping
libraries create a list of their electronic journal titles,
and then keep that list up-to-date in a timely manner.
While we are currently using an in-house program
to accomplish this at SUNY (State Univ. of NY)
at Oswego, it is labor intensive and time-consuming
to maintain, and a Library Director, my feeling is that
it makes sense to turn the whole process over to
someone else to manage for us.

I am wondering if others on this list are currently working
with either Serials Solutions, or some other vendor offering
this same type of service?  If so, what has your experience

If at all possible, I would like to be able to develop a list
that is both subject coded and searchable by keyword
in title.

A longer range goal is to process at least brief catalog
records for the thousands of electronic journals to which we
subscribe.  The current cost of doing this and the staff time it
would require make this a more difficult solution.  Further,
even when we do accomplish this goal, a separate journal
list will probably remain popular, as it has always been.
If we can eventually merge our print journal list with the
electronic journal list, this would also be highly desirable.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Mary Beth Bell
Library Director
Penfield Library
SUNY Oswego