ISSN and You: Using ISSN SuperNumber in the Digital Environment

Learn about the work of the U.S. ISSN Center and ways the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) contributes to identification, access, and data linking in print and digital environments worldwide. ISSN is the premier international identifier for serials and other continuing resources in all formats. ISSN was ahead of its time in anticipating the crucial role of identifiers in the digital environment and has evolved well beyond its early role as a number displayed on print journals. Demand for ISSN continues to increase because of its ability to identify and facilitate linking to current, long-dead, or yet-to-be published continuing resources today and in the future semantic web.

An ALCTS webinar.

Originally presented on Wednesday, November 9, 2011.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will become familiar with ISSN fundamentals and will be made aware of current and emerging uses of the ISSN.

Who Should Attend

Any library staff members who work with any aspect of continuing resources (acquisitions, cataloging, ERMs, Open URLs), systems librarians, reference librarians, publishers, subscription agents, online platform providers, and fulltext.


Regina Romano Reynolds is ISSN Coordinator at the Library of Congress and director of the US ISSN Center. She is a frequent speaker and writer about ISSN, serials, and the future of bibliographic control;  convenor of the ISO working group to revise ISO 8:1977, the Presentation of Periodicals; a member of  NISO’s PIE-J Working Group to develop recommended practices for the presentation and identification of e-journals. Reynolds received the 1999 ALCTS Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award.




How to Register

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recording (YouTube)

presentation slides (.ppt)

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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