The Future of Serials Control: Implementation of the MARC21 Holdings Format

A LITA Preconference at 2001 ALA Annual Conference.

This preconference was made possible in part by the generous support of Endeavor Information Systems and Ex Libris.

Hilton & Towers, Continental BR 5
Friday, June 15, 2001, 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.


The preconference interprets the MARC 21 Holdings Format in the context of contemporary ILS serials control systems to show how the format is employed to facilitate next expected issue prediction, claiming and the posing of holdings to OPACs and union lists.

As more commercial ILS vendors are basing predictive serials control systems on the MARC21 Holdings Format, libraries must cultivate an understanding of MARC holdings coupled with an appreciation of how the format serves their needs in anticipating next expected issue, claiming, and contributions to OPACs and union lists. After providing an overview of the format, predictive serials check-in will be demonstrated across a variety of commercial platforms with a view to understanding its role in holdings prediction and communication. Discussion will include a description of current efforts in CONSER to share publication patterns between libraries.


People interested in issues encountered in using the MARC21 Holdings Format. Previous experience using automated serials check-in systems, in the context of integrated library systems, is not necessary but will be helpful. Those interested in shared holdings information and union listing should find these developments of considerable interest.


  • Introduction to the MARC21 Holdings Format
  • Check-in Prediction & the MARC21 Holdings Format
  • Current Serial Holdings Standards
  • CONSER Pilot
  • Vendor Panel Presentation


  • Sally Sinn, Associate Director, Technical Services, National Agricultural Library
  • Frieda Rosenberg, Head, Serials Cataloging, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Linda Miller, Senior Automation Planning Specialist, Library of Congress
  • Rebecca Guenther, Senior Network & Standards Specialist, Library of Congress
  • Ellen Rappaport, Head, Technical Services, Albany Law School Library
  • Diane Hillmann, Cornell University
  • Susan Davis, Head, Periodicals, SUNY, Buffalo
  • Karen Anspach, EOS
  • John Espley, VTLS
  • Ted Fons, Innovative Interfaces
  • Helen Gbala, ExLibris
  • Katharine Harnish, Endeavor

Please visit the speakers' information page for detailed speaker biographies.

Registration Information

LITA Member, $165; ALA Member (fee includes LITA membership), $210; Non-Member, $285.

Breaks, and materials will be included in the registration fee. Lunch will be on your own.

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