Re: Coverage loads - quality of data Lucy Wrightington 14 Oct 2008 13:51 UTC
A huge and growing problem that no one so far seems able/willing to tackle. I report these to Ebsco A-to-Z all the time, but they are dependent on the publisher loads. Former titles are getting lost as they don't show up in the databases at all. Many publishers are guilty of this. Who's doing it right? Science Direct and PubMed Central to name a couple. They should be the accepted model. Any ideas would be welcome on how the library community can bring pressure to fix this. Lucy Wrightington, Senior Librarian Dickerman Library Wadsworth Center, N.Y. State Dept. of Health Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12201 "Stokes, Judith" <JStokes@RIC.EDU> Sent by: To "SERIALST: SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU Serials in cc Libraries Discussion Forum" Subject <SERIALST@LIST.UV Re: [SERIALST] Coverage loads - M.EDU> quality of data 10/14/2008 09:39 AM Please respond to "SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum" <SERIALST@LIST.UV M.EDU> When we find errors and report them to Serials Solutions they are cooperative -- enthusiastic, even, about getting it right. On the other hand, if the data comes from an aggregator like Proquest which does just what you reported -- lump all holdings under the current title and not even cross ref from the old title -- it will just keep coming in wrong over and over again. Getting the aggregators to change is a different story altogether. I've had no luck with that. Good luck, Judith Stokes Judith E. Stokes Serials/E-resources Librarian Rhode Island College 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue Providence, RI 02908-1991 401.456.8165 -----Original Message----- From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [mailto:SERIALST@list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Cahill, Helen Sent: Monday, October 13, 2008 8:08 PM To: SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: [SERIALST] Coverage loads - quality of data Hello all, I wonder if there is anybody out there who has assessed the quality of data being offered by the coverage load vendors? I'm principally interested in Serials Solutions, Ebsco A-Z, and III's CASE product, but would also welcome comments on any others. Here is an example from the coverage loads for ACM: "SIGART bulletin" was published 1990-1998 with previous and later titles. There is (to my cataloguing mind) a problem over the coverage that is available from SS, EAZ and CASE: they list the coverage for SIGART bulletin to be 1970-1998, and don't have any listing for the previous title. I've looked in a few catalogues (randomly) and it seems to me that libraries are simply accepting that (wrong) coverage data. How do your patrons find the online version of "SIGART newsletter"? Has that bothered anybody out there enough to have attempted to get these vendors to properly match the coverage to the title runs? Or, are we so seriously understaffed world-wide that we can't either do the checking & correcting or pressure the vendors to produce accurate information? Has anybody ever offered to clean up the data offered by these vendors to benefit all others? I'm feeling like this is going to develop into one of those Publisher vs Vendor, IT vs Cataloguer debates, but I'm always mindful of what our library patrons want to see when they look on our OPACs. Thanks! Helen Cahill Cataloguer, Collection Services Massey University Library Private Bag 11054 Palmerston North 4442 NEW ZEALAND Ph: + 64 6 350 5799 ext 7876 Fax: + 64 6 350 5692 emai: H.Cahill@massey.ac.nz<mailto:H.Cahill@massey.ac.nz> http://library.massey.ac.nz IMPORTANT NOTICE: This e-mail and any attachments may contain confidential or sensitive information which is, or may be, legally privileged or otherwise protected by law from further disclosure. It is intended only for the addressee. If you received this in error or from someone who was not authorized to send it to you, please do not distribute, copy or use it or any attachments. Please notify the sender immediately by reply e-mail and delete this from your system. Thank you for your cooperation.