A description of the eSerials Holdings service
The eSerials Holdings service makes libraries’ electronic serials collections more visible to their users and staff by adding their electronic serials holdings to WorldCat in an efficient and cost-effective way. This helps increase the value of the investments libraries have made in their electronic serials collections, serials management services and in WorldCat. This service is offered free of charge to OCLC member libraries.
Key advantages to libraries
- Automates setting and maintaining eSerials Level 1 holdings information—without additional cataloging workload—in a cost-effective, simple way for library staff.
- Makes the libraries’ electronic serials collections more visible and increases usage since the service makes it easier for users and staff to find and use full-text electronic serials in libraries’ collection.
- Builds on systems already in use like OCLC Connexion, OCLC FirstSearch, OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing, OCLC WorldCat Collection Analysis and other WorldCat-related programs.
- Allows library staff to automatically control and deflect interlibrary loan requests from colleagues in the OCLC cooperative.
How the service works
After libraries order the service, we work with you to begin the process of receiving libraries’ electronic serials holdings data for ISSN-based resources. Once the process begins, we work with you to automatically set and maintain journal title-level holdings against existing electronic serials MARC records in the WorldCat database for libraries’ electronic serials collections each month. This collaboration allows libraries to contribute their electronic serials collection holdings to WorldCat more efficiently and ensures that these holdings are current and accurate, as well as visible to their users.
We provide libraries that subscribe to the eSerials Holdings service a monthly report that lists the titles set, merged, deleted and unresolved.
More about OCLC
Founded in 1967, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs. More than libraries in 170 countries and territories around the world have used OCLC services. OCLC and its worldwide member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, making it the world’s richest database of bibliographic information. OCLC is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, USA and has over 1,200 employees worldwide.