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Re: Electronic Serials - Title change Dana Thomas 24 Aug 2007 18:56 UTC

Yes please! A best practices or standard for this would be most welcome.
 I for one like the style that several publishers are following --
separating the content for former and current titiles, and providing
links between them.

Dana Thomas
Digital Support Librarian
Ryerson University

Phone: 416.979.5000 Ext. #4982

>>> rrey@LOC.GOV 24/08/2007 7:14:46 am >>>
Staff and myself at the National Serials Data Program (the U.S. ISSN
center) are trying to educate publishers and those providers we work
with about the problem of access to former titles.  It's something of
uphill battle, I agree.  Pointing out that separate ISSN have been
assigned (or will be assigned) to the former titles, and citations to
articles published under the former titles are under the former titles
helped some publishers understand the problem and list former titles
ISSN separately. Just this week we have been communicating about this
problem to a major society publisher.

I could envision an ALA committee developing a "best practices"
to disseminate to publishers and other providers.  Perhaps there are
mechanisms that could be used to demonstrate in a unified and
manner how libraries would like former titles to be handled.

Regina Reynolds
Head, National Serials Data Program

On Thu, 23 Aug 2007, Cynthia Koman wrote:

> Please excuse cross-postings.
> *-----------------------------------------------------------
> Hello,
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Cindy
> Cynthia L. Koman
> Serials Librarian
> Schaffer Library of Health Sciences
> Albany Medical College
> email:
> phone:  518-262-6058
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