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NASIG 29th Annual Conference
Taking Stock and Taming New Frontiers
May 1-4, 2014
Ft. Worth, Texas

Established in 1985, the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc. (NASIG) is an independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials and the broader issues of scholarly communication. NASIG welcomes anyone interested in the serials information chain. Inspired by the United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG), NASIG held its first conference at Bryn Mawr College in June 1986. The annual conference, usually held in late May or June, offers a premier opportunity to meet others representing the diverse interests of the serials community and to hear speakers who are on the cutting edge of scholarly communication.
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Sunday, May 4 • 10:40am - 11:40am
Facing Our E-Demons: The Challenges of E-Serial Management in a Large Academic Library

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As electronic serials have shifted from being the exception to the norm, libraries are becoming increasingly reliant on knowledge base driven systems to help manage their electronic resource holdings.  In 2011, after over a decade of managing e-serials within a local database, the University of Toronto Libraries migrated its electronic serial holdings to a fully integrated commercial e-resource management system. Now, with two years of experience under our belts, we endeavored to take stock and analyze how our library is coping with e-serial management within this new environment. How accurate are our e-journal holding statements within the ERM?  How effective are we at managing e-serial title changes?  How well are we tracking journal purchases that fall outside of the big package deals?  Throughout this study, we have encountered many of the benefits and pitfalls of managing electronic journals within a knowledge base-driven system.  While using a commercial ERM and companion MARC record service has allowed the library to present better data to users and expose previously hidden collections, there are several new challenges that we must contend with in a knowledge base environment.  A common issue hindering access to our e-journals is the supply of incorrect, outdated or incomplete metadata within the data supply chain.  These metadata problems have a detrimental effect on libraries, and consequently on our users, as it affects the accuracy of our e-journal holdings within our e-resource inventories.  Although the study began as an internal investigation of our e-serials management practices and workflows, the results highlight the need for greater standardization within the data supply chain, better communication with publishers and knowledge base providers, and increased collaboration to improve the e-resource management process.

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Marlene van Ballegooie

Metadata Librarian, University of Toronto
Marlene van Ballegooie is the Metadata Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries. She received her MISt degree from the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto. At the University of Toronto Libraries, Marlene is responsible for providing access to electronic resources, the maintenance of ILS metadata, and automated metadata generation. Her primary research interests include: e-data quality, electronic resource... Read More →

Juliya Borie

Cataloguing Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries
Juliya Borie has been a Cataloguing Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries since 2011. She is responsible for cataloguing serials and monographic materials in a variety of languages and formats. She has participated in internal RDA training and is currently involved in Electronic Resource Management Group at U of T Libraries. Her research interests include serials access, linked data and developments in digital publishing.

Sunday May 4, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
Crystal Ballroom A/B

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