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Re: Electronic Serials - Title changes Kristina DeShazo 23 Aug 2007 20:19 UTC

Hello Cindy,

This is why being a serials librarian requires a healthy sense of
humor.  It's like herding cats!

I don't have a quick or simple answer for you.  Here at OHSU we have
tackled this problem in the course of loading links through our
electronic resource management system (ERMS).  Mostly it involves
getting lists of titles from a vendor and doing an audit of the links.
Yes, I mean title by title.  Hopefully, once you find an instance where
the link provides previous title access you make the necessary updates
in catalog and you don't have to do it again.  But there is more at
stake here.  And I digress.

As to *why* the titles are being loaded together is something only the
publisher or publishing platform can answer.  I assume they feel this is
more convenient for the end customer.  Unfortunately, it can have
devastating effects when those customers are using a database to locate
relevant articles and the fulltext link resolver cannot "find" the
article in your collection because the publisher has effectively hidden
the content.

I'm not sure I made myself clear or whether I've answered your question
but I would be interested in any response by publishers or platform
vendors on this list.


Kristina DeShazo, MLS
Electronic Collections Librarian
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Mail Code: LIB
Portland, OR 97239-3098
ph: 503-494-1637

>>> komanc@MAIL.AMC.EDU 8/23/2007 12:47 PM >>>

Please excuse cross-postings.



I am wondering if anyone else is has noticed that the electronic
version of title changes are not listed separately on publisher's
websites?  I have noticed on several publisher's websites (Blackwell,
Springer, etc.) that title changes show up under the most recent title
of that serial, so that the previous title is buried and is not listed
separately.  Does anyone know why the titles are being clumped together
and not being listed separately?  This is becoming an increasing issue
because as we link to our e-journal collection from our e-journal list.

If you have noticed this - how are you handling it?

Any information anyone can provide would be helpful.


Cynthia L. Koman
Serials Librarian
Schaffer Library of Health Sciences
Albany Medical College
phone:  518-262-6058

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