Re: serials holding information - please, help! Susan E. Sturgeon 05 Nov 2003 21:55 UTC

The only thing I can advise you of is not to try to keep track of
these yourself.  Definitely look into a product like SerialsSolutions
or EBSCO A-Z.  Anything else is a nightmare and these services are
not that expensive>  susan

On Tue, 4 Nov 2003 10:48:22 -0500 "Mushkatina,
Yelena (Library)" <MushkatinaY@MAIL.CCSU.EDU> wrote:

> Dear Colleagues!
> I am new to the list; please, excuse me if I am asking a question that
> has been answered here already. In this case, please, refer me to the
> resource where I can find the best resolution to our problem.
> My question is about holding information on the records for print
> serials that are also available online through various databases. Our
> library is planning to cancel print subscription to a number of journals
> available now online from databases like Lexis-Nexis, Academic Research
> Premier, etc. We think that if we simply close the paper holdings
> records without mentioning that the serial is still available
> electronically via a particular database, we will disserve our users.
> For major aggregators like JSTOR, EBSCO, Project Muse, etc. we have
> separate bibliographic records for electronic versions and also provide
> information regarding availability of online version in the check-in
> record for a print journal ("See also ONLINE version"); therefore, the
> user who searches these journals by title in OPAC will see that another
> format is available if the print subscription has been cancelled.
> However, many journals that are available within databases (NOT Jstor,
> Muse or EJS) require original cataloging; besides, providing links to
> the journals within a database seems to be quite a challenge. That is
> why I am thinking about providing a link from print version check-in
> record to the whole database (NOT a particular journal) from which the
> journal is available.
> Before we start, I would like to know what is the policy/practice in
> other libraries regarding the print subscriptions that have been
> cancelled in favor of online subscriptions to databases. How do you
> inform users that despite the fact that your library does not have print
> subscription to a particular journal, it is still available within a
> specific database/databases?
> Thank you in advance!
> Please, respond me off list and I may summarize for the list.
> Yelena Mushkatina
> Assistant Librarian/Cataloger
> Central Connecticut State University
> 1615 Stanley Street
> New Britain, CT 06050
> (860) 832-2079

Susan Sturgeon
Serials Librarian
Salem State College Library
352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 542-6765

Salem State College