Friday, August 29, 2003

Serials Librarian issue on the web 

I didn't know this until just yesterday (!!), but the issue of Serials Librarian devoted to e-serials cataloging (vol. 41, nos. 3/4) is available free on the web. It's a very large .pdf file, so if you have an older computer, like me, be patient while it loads.

Serials in Cyberspace 

Even though some of the links are outdated, Serials in Cyberspace is a great resource to finding information on electronic journals, etc.

Ms. MacLennan is also the moderator of SERIALST, a listserv for all things and people related to serials.

From the page:

"About this page: Serials in Cyberspace is comprised of selective listings of web sites with electronic journal collections and services both inside and outside the U.S., miscellaneous collections and resources, selected ejournal titles and other web pages concerning serials that may be of interest to librarians. It was first developed in 1994 by Birdie MacLennan to accompany an article, "Electronic Serial Sites: Collections, Resources, and Services," that first appeared in the ARL Directory of Electronic Journals, Newsletters and Academic Discussion Lists, 4th ed., May 1994. As web sites with serials content continue to proliferate at a phenomenal rate, it has been impossible to add or keep track of them all. This represents a small segment of selected resources that I have found useful as a serials librarian. This site continues to be maintained and updated on an irregular basis by Birdie MacLennan (to whom any comments or corrections may be sent); it is hosted by the University of Vermont. Last update: May 8, 2003."

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

ALA ALCTS program slides 

In the spirit of my "catching up": ALA ALCTS has posted the program slides from the Annual Conference in Toronto. Unfortunately, I only got to attend about a half hour of the FRBR program, and none of the others because of schedule conflicts (i.e., committee meetings!).

Tuesday, August 26, 2003


While there isn't a solid relationship between the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and serials yet, the issue is being pursued by the CONSER FRBR Task Force.

For more general information and updates on FRBR, the Library of Congresshas updated some aspects of its reports, including the FRBR Display Tool.

I myself am still struggling to completely understand the concepts surrounding FRBR as it is currently outlined pertaining to books. Adding serials to the mix is a given, especially with all the work that's been done to the AACR2r regarding serials and continuing resources in the last few years. Anything that will help our patrons better understand what they're looking at in the online catalog can only enchance the service our libraries are trying to provide.

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