Re: Serials Solutions MARC Service and OCLC Holdings Pamela Contakos 06 Mar 2008 16:45 UTC

We have had a huge increase in the number of ILL requests that we receive for our electronic journals since we added the holdings to SS. I have excluded the free resources from our holdings profile since they seem to cause too much trouble for our ILL person. Another problem we have encountered is that for our aggregator databases many of the titles have an embargo of a year on them and we get a lot of requests for articles that fall within that embargo which we have to pass on. I wish that the OCLC service allowed for holdings level information (years covered) so that this problem didn't crop up as often. Our ILL person usually avoids using the electronic records in borrowing for this reason.

Pamela Contakos
Librarian for Digital Collections & Electronic Resources
The Academic Resource Exchange
SIT Study Abroad/SIT Graduate Institute
PO Box 676, 1 Kipling Rd.
Brattleboro, VT 05302

Phone: (802)258-3356

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From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Andree Rathemacher
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 5:58 PM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Serials Solutions MARC Service and OCLC Holdings

At the University of Rhode Island, we turned on the OCLC alerting service
through Serials Solutions a couple of years ago. I don't have any data, but
my impression is that it has increased the number of ILL requests we get,
since holdings for our online journals (which are most of our subscriptions
now) are listed.

In the Serials Solutions Client Center, we select a lot of free resources in
addition to subscribed resources. Sometimes, since Serials Solutions doesn't
get updates from publishers regarding changes in accessibility, URLs and
other data for free resources gets out of date (e.g. the journal is no
longer free, or the latest issue isn't, etc.) I find that our ILL lending
staff contacts me frequently with problems they have getting articles from
these free journals. I've had to give them the rule of thumb that if it says
that the journal is from a free resource, and they can't get in, they should
let me know, but they should also pass the ILL request on, since it is not
something we can quickly or easily resolve...

On Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 10:23 AM, Matthew, Judy <> wrote:

> We are in the process of setting up our SS MARC service.  One suggestion
> is to notify users of our access by sending aggregator titles on to OCLC
> and maintaining that information in WorldCat and for Resource Sharing.
> I do not believe we will be able to support custom holdings.
> I'm interested in knowing whether anyone on this list has used the SS
> MARC records service to update OCLC for their aggregator titles.  And,
> what surprises or issues arose?
> Also, for those who may not have the service, do you foresee problems?
> _______________
> Judy Matthew
> Head of Periodicals / Document Delivery
> David and Lorraine Cheng Library
> William Paterson University
> 300 Pompton Road
> Wayne, NJ 07470
> Phone:  973.720.2346
> Fax: 973.720.2009
> Email:

Andree Rathemacher
Associate Professor
Head, Serials Unit
University Library, University of Rhode Island
15 Lippitt Road
Kingston, RI 02881-2011
work: (401) 874-5096
fax: (401) 874-4588