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Task Force to Explore Partnerships with Subscription Agents
Since the beginning of the pattern initiative there has been strong interest in involving subscription agents in the development of the publication pattern database. Jennifer O'Connell of EBSCO has been an active participant; however, EBSCO does not have any experience with nor reason to use the MARC 21 holdings format. Plans with Faxon to add data to CONSER records fell through when various key staff resigned. To date, other vendors, such as Swets, have not been approached.
While it may be unreasonable to expect subscription agents to add
pattern data to CONSER records, it is possible that through partnerships,
libraries could learn of key changes and add the patterns in a more
Looking to the long term, it would be better to find ways that subscription agents could contribute information as easily as possible that could be converted to the data necessary for CONSER.
Task force members:
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