By Adolfo Tarango, Head, Systemwide Collection Services

Serial distributions highlights for August were Open Access (58 titles) and EBSCO Academic Search Complete (26 titles). Monograph record distributions were much more substantial and included Springer (892 titles), ACM Digital Library (639 titles), Apabi (234 titles), IEEE (104 titles), and Berg Fashion Library (69 titles).  The Berg Fashion Library is a new package but is only subscribed to by three campuses — Davis, Irvine, LA.  It provides integrated text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history and should prove an invaluable resource for anyone interested in apparel.

All the campuses have acknowledged receipt of the EEBO monograph records on CD-ROM.  We therefore began distributing the EEBO serials records on Monday, September 17th.  This file went out in place of our regularly distributed SCP serial file.  The file only contained EEBO serial records and all were coded as “New” in the 599 field. Some of these contained additional 856 fields because they also happen to be available from other providers.

UCSD is steadily moving forward with Resource Description & Access (RDA) training and the SCP catalogers are getting trained along with their UCSD colleagues.  SCP catalogers have already completed RDA NACO training and are now creating all new headings in RDA and RDA headings are being added to SCP records as appropriate.  SCP catalogers are now also creating integrating resource records in RDA (though only one has been done to date).  We hope to make the transition to cataloging monographs in RDA along with UCSD, with a target date of January 1, 2013.  SCP staff is working with Valerie Bross and Melissa Beck at UCLA and Renee Chin at UCSD on training and transitioning to RDA cataloging for serials.  We have no timeline set for that transition, but we are working to move in tandem with CONSER.

Until next month …