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Sunday, January 26, 2003

Summary of the Pattern Task Force Meeting - January 25, 2003

Carlen Ruschoff, University of Maryland, welcomed participants. The focus of the discussion was on the potential need for and uses of publication pattern data for electronic journals. Yumin Jiang, Health Sciences Library, University of Pittsburgh, is leading a task force that is exploring these issues and she led the discussion.

The first question was whether the libraries present were creating holdings records for ejournals. One person noted that this was easy to do for JSTOR and some of the more stable journal collections, but not for many others. Most are giving only a summary coverage statement, often in $3 of the 856 field. No one present was providing detailed holdings. The difference between journal collections and article databases was also noted. One library is using the holdings record to point to a Web page that can be more easily maintained via global update.

Do libraries plan to checkin and claim ejournals? The ability to claim is of interest to a number. However, determining when to claim can be a problem due to delayed publishing models. Some expressed a desire for automatic check-in of ejournals, which Innovative Interfaces has been developing. The question was raised if we abandon keeping track of these resources are we negating their expense?

However, how much information would we need? Would we really need the prediction data or perhaps just the captions? It was noted that openURL servers use the volume and issue number but not the captions.

What might go in the bibliographic record and what might go in the holdings record was also discussed. The 007 is useful to determine how many ejournals are held. The importance of SICI for its potential in automated check-in and the development of link resolvers was also discussed.

Carlen wrapped up the meeting by discussing the future of the workshop/discussion group. She suggested that it become a new ALCTS special interest group, if the change to the by-laws allowing for such groups is approved this spring. Diane Hillmann distinguished this group from the Saturday afternoon MARC Format Interest Group as having a focus on managing serials, while MFIG is focused on MARC21. She also suggested that before we make a proposal that we give thought to the focus and name of the group.