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Re: Cataloging ejournals (2 messages) ERCELAA@ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu 07 Aug 1998 15:08 UTC

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Date: Fri, 07 Aug 1998 08:44:21 -0500
From: Shelby Harken <harken@PLAINS.NODAK.EDU>
Subject: Re: Cataloging ejournals (Mary Ann Nesto)

Mary Ann,

        We used the Project Muse titles as an experiment to identify some
of the issues about cataloging electronic resources. Just to show staff
how everything would look, I cataloged the journals on both the print and
electronic bib records. We tried to figure out what changes we would have
to make regarding serials checkin notes and payment procedures. I was
curious to see if users would react to one type of record over the other.
We really got no particular reaction from users but we decided to follow
the interim CONSER policy of putting electronic resources on print records
when the electronic is nearly the same as the print. We find that most
"standard" journals have records in OCLC and really are not difficult to
do at all. We are still working out policies and procedures but what we
have so far is at:

On Thu, 6 Aug 1998 ERCELAA@ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu wrote:

> Date: Thu, 06 Aug 1998 11:02:35 -0700
> From: Mary Ann Nesto <mnesto@WISDOM.WSC.MASS.EDU>
> Subject: cataloging e journals
> Fellow Serialists,
>         I need a little help in a battle with the higher power here. (I am sure
> you will be on my side but, in the interests of fairness, I won't say
> where I stand on this)
>   I need to know how many of you are cataloging electronic journals. I
> am specifically interested in the 45 titles covered by Project Muse.  I
> would appreciate any input on this subject.
>         Also if anyone has any comments on the handling(listing) of titles
> covered by other large full text databases (Academic Search FT Elite,
> etc.), I would like to hear your suggestions.
> Thanks
> Mary Ann Nesto
> Westfield State College

Shelby E. Harken
Head, Acquisitions            University of North Dakota
  Bibliographical Control     Grand Forks, ND 58202
Room 244                      (701) 777-4634
Box 9000                      (701) 777-3310 (fax)
Chester Fritz Library


Date: Fri, 07 Aug 1998 09:52:06 -0400
From: Regina Reynolds <rrey@LOC.GOV>
Subject: Re: Cataloging ejournals (Mary Ann Nesto)

Mary Ann,

When considering whether to catalog e-journals or not (and how to catalog
them), I think the important consideration is what purposes the catalog
record will serve both for patrons and library staff.  To assist patrons
 who come to a library's catalog seeking information on a subject, no
matter what its medium, you need some record in the catalog to direct that
patron to the online source.  Depending on the library's other needs
and policies (e.g., acquisitons, ILS requirements, etc.) a note and link
could be added to the record for a print counterpart or an original record
could be created.  Also, the fullness of that record might vary according
to particular needs.  So, if you are trying to make a case to library
administrators about the need to catalog e-journals, your best ammunition
might be what would be lost or hindered if you didn't catalog them.

Regina  R. Reynolds                     email:
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