SUNCAT Rising: UK serials union catalogue to assist document access

Peter Burnhill, Derek Law

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    7 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    The purpose of this article it to investigate the design, and to implement the set-up of the national union catalogue for those serials which can be accessed at the research libraries of the UK, the aim being to: enable researchers to locate serials held; to assist upgrade of library OPACs; and to provide a component within the UK digital library. Design/methodology/approach - This article builds upon the RSLP-funded and JISC-funded scoping and feasibility studies. It makes best use of extant data in OPACs on serials holdings information, by a mixture of collaborative action by contributing libraries, ISSN-IC and CONSER; and makes best use of extant software (Aleph 500) and national data services (EDINA). Findings - Today, knowing who has which journals online has become as important as knowing who has which journals on-shelf. Knowledge of both is critical for a researcher in her quest to discover, locate and access that key article. Knowledge of both is also critical for the library profession, as help staff and as curators of quality bibliographic records for serials in their OPACs. SUNCAT has over four million records, describing the "print and electronic holdings" of over 20 of the largest UK libraries - thought to cover 90 per cent or more of the journal titles held across the UK as a whole. The extension of coverage to up to a further 50 research libraries is in progress. So too is development activity to meet the challenge of the digital, investigating how SUNCAT can offer an important link in the access/supply chain, as the focus shifts from document supply to document access. Originality/value - This article is of significance to researchers and librarians in the UK; there is wider significance for the international serials community.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages203-207
    Number of pages4
    JournalInterlending and Document Supply
    Volume33
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Fingerprint

    librarian
    coverage
    profession
    supply
    methodology
    Values
    software

    Keywords

    • serials
    • document delivery
    • United Kingdom
    • SUNCAT
    • UKRR

    Cite this

    @article{966dc2d50b6444e0b8c21a536acd3b92,
    title = "SUNCAT Rising: UK serials union catalogue to assist document access",
    abstract = "The purpose of this article it to investigate the design, and to implement the set-up of the national union catalogue for those serials which can be accessed at the research libraries of the UK, the aim being to: enable researchers to locate serials held; to assist upgrade of library OPACs; and to provide a component within the UK digital library. Design/methodology/approach - This article builds upon the RSLP-funded and JISC-funded scoping and feasibility studies. It makes best use of extant data in OPACs on serials holdings information, by a mixture of collaborative action by contributing libraries, ISSN-IC and CONSER; and makes best use of extant software (Aleph 500) and national data services (EDINA). Findings - Today, knowing who has which journals online has become as important as knowing who has which journals on-shelf. Knowledge of both is critical for a researcher in her quest to discover, locate and access that key article. Knowledge of both is also critical for the library profession, as help staff and as curators of quality bibliographic records for serials in their OPACs. SUNCAT has over four million records, describing the {"}print and electronic holdings{"} of over 20 of the largest UK libraries - thought to cover 90 per cent or more of the journal titles held across the UK as a whole. The extension of coverage to up to a further 50 research libraries is in progress. So too is development activity to meet the challenge of the digital, investigating how SUNCAT can offer an important link in the access/supply chain, as the focus shifts from document supply to document access. Originality/value - This article is of significance to researchers and librarians in the UK; there is wider significance for the international serials community.",
    keywords = "serials, document delivery, United Kingdom, SUNCAT, UKRR",
    author = "Peter Burnhill and Derek Law",
    year = "2005",
    doi = "10.1108/02641619510635669",
    language = "English",
    volume = "33",
    pages = "203--207",
    journal = "Interlending and Document Supply",
    issn = "0264-1615",
    publisher = "Emerald Publishing Limited",
    number = "4",

    }

    SUNCAT Rising : UK serials union catalogue to assist document access. / Burnhill, Peter; Law, Derek.

    In: Interlending and Document Supply, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2005, p. 203-207.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - SUNCAT Rising

    T2 - Interlending and Document Supply

    AU - Burnhill, Peter

    AU - Law, Derek

    PY - 2005

    Y1 - 2005

    N2 - The purpose of this article it to investigate the design, and to implement the set-up of the national union catalogue for those serials which can be accessed at the research libraries of the UK, the aim being to: enable researchers to locate serials held; to assist upgrade of library OPACs; and to provide a component within the UK digital library. Design/methodology/approach - This article builds upon the RSLP-funded and JISC-funded scoping and feasibility studies. It makes best use of extant data in OPACs on serials holdings information, by a mixture of collaborative action by contributing libraries, ISSN-IC and CONSER; and makes best use of extant software (Aleph 500) and national data services (EDINA). Findings - Today, knowing who has which journals online has become as important as knowing who has which journals on-shelf. Knowledge of both is critical for a researcher in her quest to discover, locate and access that key article. Knowledge of both is also critical for the library profession, as help staff and as curators of quality bibliographic records for serials in their OPACs. SUNCAT has over four million records, describing the "print and electronic holdings" of over 20 of the largest UK libraries - thought to cover 90 per cent or more of the journal titles held across the UK as a whole. The extension of coverage to up to a further 50 research libraries is in progress. So too is development activity to meet the challenge of the digital, investigating how SUNCAT can offer an important link in the access/supply chain, as the focus shifts from document supply to document access. Originality/value - This article is of significance to researchers and librarians in the UK; there is wider significance for the international serials community.

    AB - The purpose of this article it to investigate the design, and to implement the set-up of the national union catalogue for those serials which can be accessed at the research libraries of the UK, the aim being to: enable researchers to locate serials held; to assist upgrade of library OPACs; and to provide a component within the UK digital library. Design/methodology/approach - This article builds upon the RSLP-funded and JISC-funded scoping and feasibility studies. It makes best use of extant data in OPACs on serials holdings information, by a mixture of collaborative action by contributing libraries, ISSN-IC and CONSER; and makes best use of extant software (Aleph 500) and national data services (EDINA). Findings - Today, knowing who has which journals online has become as important as knowing who has which journals on-shelf. Knowledge of both is critical for a researcher in her quest to discover, locate and access that key article. Knowledge of both is also critical for the library profession, as help staff and as curators of quality bibliographic records for serials in their OPACs. SUNCAT has over four million records, describing the "print and electronic holdings" of over 20 of the largest UK libraries - thought to cover 90 per cent or more of the journal titles held across the UK as a whole. The extension of coverage to up to a further 50 research libraries is in progress. So too is development activity to meet the challenge of the digital, investigating how SUNCAT can offer an important link in the access/supply chain, as the focus shifts from document supply to document access. Originality/value - This article is of significance to researchers and librarians in the UK; there is wider significance for the international serials community.

    KW - serials

    KW - document delivery

    KW - United Kingdom

    KW - SUNCAT

    KW - UKRR

    UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/02641619510635669

    U2 - 10.1108/02641619510635669

    DO - 10.1108/02641619510635669

    M3 - Article

    VL - 33

    SP - 203

    EP - 207

    JO - Interlending and Document Supply

    JF - Interlending and Document Supply

    SN - 0264-1615

    IS - 4

    ER -