How Journal Titles are Maintained in UC-eLinks
- Ex Libris discovers the new titles and title changes in a variety
of ways, such as through periodic tape loads from full text producers,
data feed from the ISSN registry, the CONSER database (the set of
serial records input/created or otherwise introduced to the OCLC database
authenticated by CONSER members), and from user feedback.
- Every month, Ex Libris sends Margery Tibbetts, the CDL UC-eLinks
Project Manager, a KnowledgeBase (KB) Update, which includes software
updates and database updates. (The KnowledgeBase is the behind-the-scenes
database of journal titles and databases used for University of California
- The KB Update is applied by CDL to all of the campus instances
or versions generally during the second week of the month. The update
process adds new portfolios (journal titles), new targets (full text
vendors) and new sources (database vendors), but does not activate
them. The update process also deletes titles and modifies coverage
- For aggregator databases in which we license all of the titles,
such as Expanded Academic ASAP, ABI/INFORM Global and Literature Online
(LION), CDL has instructed the update process to automatically activate
any new titles.
- CDL activates/deactivates portfolios when we receive the information
from the Shared Cataloging Program (SCP). The SCP stream is also used to update the Directory of CDL-licensed Content. If a new provider is added, CDL generally does not wait for SCP, but instead uses the
title list from the vendor to activate the new target and list of
titles, after the coverage is verified at UCSD. CDL also makes changes
to the database based on feedback from the campus librarians and end
- At the campus level, the UC-eLinks liaisons activate/deactivate
portfolios in their own campus instances. They do this for the titles
licensed by the campus that are not part of a 10-campus agreement.
Each campus may have a different workflow from acquisitions/cataloging
- Occasionally the UC-eLinks liaisons and CDL staff have to wait
to activate a title until Ex Libris has added it to the global database
(KnowledgeBase). CDL cannot add titles to the global database; however,
if a title is already in the database, CDL can add it to a target
where it previously did not exist. For example, if the journal title
Pediatrics was activated in HighWire Press but was also available
(and perhaps sooner) via Expanded Academic ASAP, CDL can add and activate
the title in the Expanded Academic ASAP target.
- The original data load for UC-eLinks came from the Melvyl® links database, which had a loose relationship with SCP. UC-eLinks
and SCP are not synchronized at the moment. The CDL is in the process
of updating all of the targets (except the aggregators) in the CDL
instance of UC-eLinks, using title lists provided by SCP staff.
Last updated: December 14, 2012