By Adolfo Tarango, Head, Systemwide Collection Services

Since I was unable to provide you with a monthly update in January, this update covers the work output for December 2011 and January 2012. Our December monographic output highlights include Springer (875 titles), Safari (106 titles), and IEEE (98 titles). December serial output highlights include the 19th Century U.S. Newspapers (661 titles), Open Access (172 titles), JSTOR (133 titles), and EBSCO (78 titles). These December distributions represent ongoing additions to existing collections.

January’s output highlights for monographs are Springer (2997 titles), 17th-18th Century Burney Collection (405 titles), Apabi (201 titles), SPIE (192 titles), Wiley (155 titles), and IEEE (115 titles). Highlights in serials distributions are 17th-18th Century Burney Collection newspapers (683 titles), Open Access (220 titles), ProQuest (48 titles), EBSCO (92 titles), JSTOR (25 titles). Except for the Burney Collection titles, the distributions represent additions to existing packages.

The 17th-18th Century Burney Collection monographs and serials represent the first (and final) such distributions for this package. Per Gale’s description of this collection, the newspapers and news pamphlets were gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) and represent the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media. The newspapers and news pamphlets were published mostly in London, but there are also some English provincial, Irish, and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India. As indicated, some of these titles are news pamphlets and news books. The collection also contains a smattering of broadsides, proclamations, addresses, and acts of Parliament. These titles are represented by monographic records, hence each campus is receiving both serial and monographic records for this collection.

In other news, SCP is still working on transitioning to distributing records in Unicode. We are working on issues identified by UC Berkeley and hopefully will have them resolved by the end of the month. Once that is done, we will announce a new timetable for our transition. In the meantime, the SCP records will continue to be sent in MARC8. The wait to transition to Unicode is holding up distribution of the EEBO records. After we switch over to Unicode, SCP will send each campus the file of EEBO records on disc.