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  1. SUNCAT: the Central Source of Serials Information in the UK SUNCAT: the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK www.edina.ac.uk/suncat FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

  2. Background • UKNUC Feasibility Study - 2001 • Serials Report: Tony Kidd, Rob Bull • SUNCAT Scoping Study - 2002 • Information Power Ltd. • JISC & RSLP funded • Purpose - to develop a UK Serials Union Catalogue • Phase 1 – February 2003-December 2004 • Phase 2 – January 2005-December 2006 • Partnership between the University of Edinburgh, through EDINA, & Ex Libris • Associate Partners - Cambridge, Glasgow, National Library of Scotland, Oxford FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

  3. Project Management • EDINA Co-directors of SUNCAT Project Peter Burnhill Christine Rees • Ex Libris Julie Booth Dominic Nast • Steering Group (Chair Derek Law) • Advisory Group (Chair Peter Burnett) • Bibliographic Quality Advisory Group (BQAG) FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

  4. Work Packages • Project Manager: • Fred Guy • Systems Librarian: • Morag Macgregor (EDINA) • Bibliographic Work Package: • Natasha Aburrow-Jones (EDINA) • Moira Whitson (EDINA) • User Requirements Work Package • Zena Mulligan (EDINA) • Liz Stevenson (Edinburgh University Library) • Advisor: Tony Kidd (Glasgow University Library) FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

  5. SUNCAT aims • SUNCAT: primary aims • Location of serials, including information about access • Source of high quality bibliographic records for downloading to local catalogues • Additionally - to raise consciousness of the importance of quality serials information among UK researchers and librarians FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

  6. British Library National Library of Scotland National Library of Wales Imperial College, London London School of Economics Manchester Metropolitan University Queens University, Belfast University of Birmingham University of Bristol University of Cambridge University College, London University of Durham University of Edinburgh University of Glasgow University of Leeds University of Manchester University of Newcastle University of Nottingham University of Oxford University of Southampton University of Wales, Cardiff University of Warwick Contributing Libraries: Phase 1 FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

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  8. SUNCAT: How does it work? • Centralised union catalogue • Records stored in one large database • Records deduplicated to view using Aleph functionality • Records merged “on the fly” • Complex matching algorithm • “Preferred” record displayed • Matching above format FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

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  10. How does SUNCAT obtain records? • Dialogue between library and SUNCAT project team • Contributing library ftps a file to SUNCAT • Data specification is drawn up by the team, and approved by the contributing library • Data is converted according to data specification • Data is loaded into SUNCAT FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

  11. SUNCAT: Phase 1 contributing libraries’ LMS • Aleph • Endeavor Voyager • GEAC Advance • Innopac • Innovative • Talis • Unicorn FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

  12. SUNCAT standards • Entry standard • Upgrading standard FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

  13. User requirements - interface • User requirements – display and functionality • Accessibility and Usability • Aleph 500 already deployed for other union catalogues • Dialogue with California Digital Library, and review of other Union Catalogue OPACs • User testing • Focus group - Librarians • Individual sessions - Researchers & Academic staff • Extended testing – Phase 1 Libraries FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

  14. Electronic journals • Increasing proportion of holdings are electronic • Growing archives of back files • Preliminary survey of current practice • Single or separate records • Access and holdings: subscription information • Research undertaken FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

  15. SUNCAT Phase 2 • Pilot service launched January 2005 • Coverage extended to include a further 60 libraries • Range of library types extended to include special libraries, research collections • Research and development work: ejournals • Testing and development of interface • Librarian’s interface FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

  16. SUNCAT: The Librarian’s Interface • Download • Assisted matching FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

  17. SUNCAT: Other developments • Updates • Notifications FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

  18. SUNCAT: Conclusions • “One-stop shop” for researchers and librarians • Researchers – single tool for location of serials • Librarians – central source of high-quality bibliographic records available for download; locate function for ILL FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005

  19. SUNCAT SUNCAT Pilot Service www.edina.ac.uk/suncat SUNCAT Project Website www.suncat.ac.uk Zena Mulligan zena.mulligan@ed.ac.uk FIL Interlend, 05 July 2005