From Herding Cats to All Your Ducks in a Row, or: the Further Adventures of Martha in E-journals Land
inFIRE Annual Conference
Note: this abstract was for a presentation originally scheduled for the 2004 inFIRE Conference in Perth, Australia, and describes an earlier version of the presentation.
Up a Creek? Here's a paddle, or: How not to drown in the e-journal ocean.
Hopefully an entertaining and enlightening presentation on coping with the flood of electronic journals.
I will look at how we dealt with e-journals the "old" way -- in the online catalog, on web lists, using vendor-supplied solutions and union listing.
Then explain what we are doing now and how we are moving forward, with some possible directions for the future.
Topics will include:
Interlibrary Loan Considerations
Collaboration between Tech Services and User Services
Catalog records -- single record vs. multiple records
Attempting to keep current with title changes, new titles, changing dates of coverage
Publisher collections vs. Aggregators
Linking to the web list from the catalog
One-stop shopping -- yes and no
Workflows involved with incorporating aggregator bib records in the catalog
Quality of vendor-supplied bib records
Budget problems -- what to do, and how?
Vendor-supplied E-journal management solutions: Serials Solutions vs. EBSCO AtoZ; 1CATE, TDnet
The promise vs. the reality -- Every silver lining has a cloud
Educating the users (including library staff)
Other options -- Link Resolvers, Federated Search Engines, Add-on software for the library catalog
This will not be a research article, but a detailed view of real world strategies and methods. I will focus on the products we use or have used in the past: Endeavor's Voyager, ENCompass, and LinkFinderPlus; Serials Solutions and EBSCO AtoZ; MS Access; ABI/INFORM, InfoTrac, JSTOR, ScienceDirect, etc.
(2005). From Herding Cats to All Your Ducks in a Row, or: the Further Adventures of Martha in E-journals Land. inFIRE Annual Conference.
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