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Re: MeSH headings and Serials Solutions records Steven C Shadle 01 Mar 2005 19:41 UTC

Wayne -- Some possible suggestions (just brain storming here):

* Protect your 6XX X2 fields from overlay (or put MeSH in a local field 6XX that can be protect from overlay and included in your MeSH index)
* Ask SerSol to use print record as the basis for what they send you rather than online version record as print records are more likely to have MeSH
* Send enhancement requests to OCLC to add MeSH if you don't have authorization to edit

Just some thoughts.  --Steve

On Tue, 1 Mar 2005, Wayne Jones wrote:

> We just recently started subscribing to the Serials Solutions MARC records service for our ejournals. It has generally been excellent, but one thing we hadn't considered was that there are many CONSER records (the go-to source of records for Serials Solutions and other similar vendors) which lack MeSH headings, and so the result is either that we accept the fact that a SerSols record without MeSH headings will overwrite our current record which has them, or that we make a local change to the SerSols record once we have it -- but that means that future loads from SerSols for that record will not automatically overwrite it because the local changes are protected.
> I wonder if other libraries have run into the same problem, and how you might have resolved it?
> Many thanks,
> Wayne Jones
> Wayne Jones
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