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Task Force to Explore the Needs and Uses for Holdings and Pattern Data for Electronic Serials
With the success of the CONSER Publication Pattern initiative and the acknowledged need for shared patterns for printed serials, the question has been raised whether there is also a need for electronic serials. While most libraries find a basic holdings statement desirable to alert patrons to the extent of the electronic coverage, there seems to be an unstated assumption that detailed holdings and pattern data is not needed. Pattern data is used for check-in and claims, which may or may not be done in a library for these resources. At the same time, some integrated library systems (e.g., III) have developed mechanisms whereby electronic serials can check themselves in. And serials management companies, such as TD-NET and Serials Solutions, are providing services for libraries that include the management of electronic serials.
Discussion was held at ALA where participants noted the cost of eserials, the disadvantages for patrons if journal receipt is not tracked, and the potential need to check-in e-serials.
Time frame: Interim report due June 2003.
Task force members:
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