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Re: Question about issn's (Nancy Hanks) Marcia Tuttle 06 Aug 1999 14:44 UTC

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Date: Fri, 6 Aug 1999 09:25:36 -0500
From: Nancy Hanks <nancy.hanks@SRU.EDU>
Subject: Re: Question about issn's (Julie Preisser)

In an OCLC record, an ISSN belonging to a former title but printed in the
new title should be entered in the 022 delimiter y.  Many database vendors
will not check an ISSN on a title change and will use whatever is in the
publication (and they can't use an ISSN which hasn't been assigned yet!).
Titles changes needing new ISSNs can be reported to a) NSDP at LC, and b)
to the publisher.  When the ISSN has actually been changed and a database
vendor is still listing the old title's ISSN, then the database vendor
should be notified.  When the ISSN has actually been changed and the
PUBLISHER is still listing the old title's ISSN, then the publisher should
be notified (and notified, and notified).  Major publishers tend to get new
ISSNs in advance; it's the small publishers and coporporate publishers,
especially all levels of governments, which are particularly bad.

You must also check your bib records and update ones which were downloaded
before the ISSN was updated in OCLC.

I agree, we are also trying to use databases which link back to our online
catalog and it is very frustrating when the software works properly but the
linking is incorrect due to wrong or missing ISSNs.  Since Serials Workers
in the Trenches are the ones who tend to see the missing links and are most
affected by them, it is in our best interests to take the time to report
problems as we find them.  I must say that email makes it easier!

Hope this helps.  Nancy

At 03:26 PM 8/5/99 -0400, you wrote:
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>Date: Thu, 5 Aug 1999 15:16:30 -0400
>From: Julie Preisser <jpreisse@SINCLAIR.EDU>
>Subject: Question about issn's
>I am not a cataloguer!
>My question involves serial title changes where the old issn is continued
>for a while on the new title and then finally gets changed when the
>editors realize what they have done.  Is there any way to tell from the
>oclc record when the issn actually changed on the periodical itself?
>Should an indexer (UMI for example) carry the old issn on citations until
>the issn is changed on the piece, changed in the bib record, or should
>everyone assume that the new issn starts with the new title and go back
>and correct the interim records?
>I am struggling with electronic indexes that (supposedly) link to our
>holdings - and that link via the issn number.
>Thanks very much for help/insight etc.
>Julie Preisser
>Periodicals Librarian
>Sinclair Community College
>444 West Third Street
>Dayton, OH 45402-1421
>Phone: 937-512-3006
>Fax: 937-512-4564
Nancy S. Hanks        
Serials Librarian                       Phone:(724) 738-2658
Bailey Library                  Fax:  (724) 738-2661
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057