Re: One record approach to cataloguing Internet resources (Michelle Thomas) Marcia Tuttle 17 Jul 1996 11:54 UTC
---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Tue, 16 Jul 1996 14:29:33 -0800 From: THOMAS MICHELLE _ <fnmt@AURORA.ALASKA.EDU> Subject: Re: One record approach to cataloguing Internet resources (fwd) ON JUNE 4, 1996 YOU WROTE: > > The National Library of Australia has been cataloguing electronic serials > since early 1994. In January 1996, the decision was made to trial a 'one > record' approach to titles for which both an electronic and print version > exist. In practice, this means that information regarding the existence of > an online version is incorporated into the record for the paper-based > serial. > > The information currently being added to bibliographic records includes the > electronic location and access details (USMARC 856 / ABN tag ELA) and a note > indicating that the title is available electronically. For example; 'From > issue 3 (Nov. 1995) also available in an electronic version via the Internet > at http://...'. As the ISSN International Centre requires that separate > ISSNs be allocated to print and electronic versions of the same title, both > ISSNs are included in the same record. > > The National Library of Australia's decision to create only one record to > describe both electronic and print versions is chiefly a pragmatic one - it > is less resource intensive to add one or two fields to an existing record > than to create separate records. It is also easier for users to access one > record describing a resource and be offered a choice of format than to have > to search a catalogue for multiple records. > > The National Library of Australia is interested in hearing the views of > other libraries with regard to this issue. Please send your comments to the > list so that all subscribers may participate. > > Note for ABN-L subscribers: These comments are based upon National Library > of Australia policies and practices. These are not necessarily the views of > the ABN Office. > > > Leanne McKinnon > Senior Librarian, Electronic Unit > National Library of Australia > firstname.lastname@example.org > > The concept of creating one record to describe both electronic and print versions of a serial title is a great idea. It is less labor intensive and more efficient. I also agree with the statement that it is easier for users to access one record and be offered a choice of format than to have to search a catalogue for mutiple records.