Tuesday, August 01, 2006

New OCLC eSerials Holdings service

OCLC has a new online journals service called OCLC eSerials Holdings service. It is marketed as an efficient and cost-effective way to make your electronic content more visible and
accessible by leveraging your investment in WorldCat.

If you have an e-management service, such as Ebsco A-Z or Serials Solution etc. you can have your records loaded into World Cat.

Here's what OCLC says the eSerials Holdings can do:

* Increases usage of your electronic serials collection by making it more visible to searchers and ILL librarians
* Enables you to automatically control and/or deflect ILL requests from colleagues in the OCLC cooperative
* Cost-effectively keeps your electronic serials holdings up to date in WorldCat, without adding to your cataloging workload
* Helps bridge the gap between print and electronic materials
* Increases the value of your investment in A-Z lists, OpenURL
resolver, and WorldCat

Visit http://www.oclc.org/eserialsholdings/

I'm unclear as to if this will forever be a free service, or a free service for a short time to encourage adoption.

1 comment:

Sue Woodson said...

Sadly, we don't use one of those services. I've written ExLibris to see if they have any ideas about how we could leverage our SFX knowledgebase. Well see.