CRS Committee Reports: 2017 Midwinter Meeting

ALCTS committees and interest groups submit reports to the ALCTS Office after each conference. Following are reports submitted by three Continuing Resources Section committees.

Committee on Holdings Information

The Continuing Resources Section (CRS) Committee on Holdings Information Forum was held during the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting on Saturday, January 21, and featured three presenters.

Erin Elzi, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, University of Denver, spoke on the University of Denver’s experience with OCLC’s WorldShare Collection Manager. She discussed the University of Denver’s e-book loading practices. They started by loading records for EBSCO e-books using WorldShare. By 2016 they were using Collection Manager for Springer and Elsevier titles as well. A migration to Alma created a number of challenges between WorldShare and the Alma knowledge base. Some problems include duplicate links in the discovery layer, links for vendors going to collections for other vendors, and delete files not processing properly. A seven-step process was required to load the records into Alma. These challenges are causing them to move away from Collection Manager as a record source.

Kristin E. Martin, Electronic Resource Management Librarian, and Christie Thomas, Head of Data Management Services, University of Chicago, spoke on their experience using OCLC Collection Manager as a source of records for electronic resource records and for updating holdings. They began using Collection Manager in May, 2015. Things went well at first, but some challenges arose over time. For example, delete files were being received for titles in which Chicago still had access. This was caused by records that had been merged, resulting in records with new OCLC numbers. This problem has been resolved. Other significant issues included edition mismatches, unstable title lists, and bad diacritics. They decided to analyze every record received from Collection Manager before loading, but because this was such a heavy workload, they haven’t loaded anything from Collection Manager since October, 2016. They will continue to use Collection Manager, but would like to see improvements in how deleted records are handled. An API that would bring in records more easily would also be helpful. Other tasks they are doing with Collection Manager include custom queries, contract cataloging, and knowledge base mapping.

Submitted by Shelley Almgren

Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee

The Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee (CRCC) held its semiannual Serials Forum at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting on January 23. The forum opened with Les Hawkins (CONSER Coordinator, Library of Congress) providing updates on activities of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) CONSER program. Tina Schrader (Head of Cataloging and Metadata Management, National Library of Medicine) spoke about the prospective activities of the RDA Steering Committee Aggregates Working Group. The WG will be considering issues related to continuing resources and the FRBR Library Reference Model (LRM). After this Regina Romano Reynolds (Director, U.S. ISSN Center) provided an update on developments surrounding the international ISSN program, both here in the United States and abroad. Following these updates, the chair of the CRCC gave prepared remarks on the FRBR conceptual model as it relates to continuing resources. After a brief and fruitful discussion of this topic from members of the audience, the forum adjourned.

Submitted by Benjamin Abrahamse

Standards Committee

The Standards Forum was held during the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Jennifer Bazeley, Coordinator, Collection Access and Acquisitions, Miami University and member of the NISO Transfer Standing Committee, spoke on the Transfer Code of Practice and provided an update on the Committee’s activities. Noah Levin, Product and Metadata Manager at Springer Nature, provided an an overview of KBART and offered an in-depth look at how metadata is formatted and mapped to KBART. See http://connect.ala.org/node/262897 for slides.

Because so few committee members were able to attend ALA Midwinter, the Standards Committee decided not to hold an in-person business meeting. The group opted to conduct business via conference call in February. The committee plans to meet in February to continue planning the Annual forum.

Submitted by Bonnie Parks