Re: Serials Solutions and SFX Julie Blake 22 Feb 2008 18:40 UTC

Jo/Beth, et al,

         It sort of depends on what you want to do with these tools. SFX is a link resolver, with an option to provide an A-Z of activated e-journals. SerialsSolutions has a suite of tools, so I don't know what part or parts you may be referring to. There's the Core, which gives you the A-Z list and basic e-res management/overlap analysis, and I believe it comes automatically with any other tool you acquire. There's Link, which is SS's link resolver, roughly the same as SFX. There are also a federated search tool and an ERM.

          If you're thinking of using both SFX and SS, you will have to keep 2 knowledgebases updated, and right now there doesn't seem to be a good way to get things from one to the other. (We're caught in that boat right now - we have SFX and are working on implementing 360 Resource Manager, SS's ERM.) OTOH, SS's KB seems to be more comprehensive in that SFX concentrates more on things that are open-URL compliant.

Hope that helps, and feel free to ask more.


Julie C. Blake
Acquisitions Coordinator
Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University
Ph: 410-516-8331
Fax: 410-516-8928

>>> "Flanders, Jo" <jlflanders@STCLOUDSTATE.EDU> 2/22/2008 10:36 AM >>>
We are currently using SFX for our link resolver, and we are considering
subscribing to Serials Solutions. I am wondering if those currently
using either SS or SFX (or both) can provide thoughts on either product
and using either one or both.

Thanks in advance for providing insight on this topic.

Jo Flanders

Acquisitions/Collection Librarian

Learning Resources and Technology Services (LR&TS)

St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud, Minnesota

320 308 4756 <>

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