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Re: Serials Solutions and SFX julie su 23 Feb 2008 19:59 UTC

Dear colleagues,

  I just want to echo Julie Blake's comment since we are in the similar situation of using both SFX and Serials Solutions.   It is difficult to maintain both knowledgebase although one can use Serials Solutions report to upload titles into SFX  targets (not coverage).  Because each has different collections and databases set up in their own knowledgebase, mapping between the two is a challenge at times, and it may require manual update .

  We also have Serials Solutions MARC service since its very beginning, and it works very well for us.

  Julie Su
Julie Blake <jblake11@JHUADIG.ADMIN.JHU.EDU> wrote:
  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" 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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Julie Su
Digital Resources/Serials Librarian
Library and Information Services
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-8050
619 594-0904 (work) 619 594-4093 (fax)

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