Without fail, whenever I have edited a record in SERHOLD I find a serious error. I suspect my predecessor did not update SERHOLD at all, which unfortunately means as we've acquired serials, they've not been updated/added _at all_. Between data I have from OCLC and the reports in DOCLINE, there are now at least 2k worth of records DOCLINE libraries simply don't have access to borrow from us. We're a Resource Library. That's not acceptable. We want to share as much as possible. 

Equally unacceptable is the lack of batch updating _from_ OCLC to SERHOLD. I understand in 2005 when the option was discontinued it was not frequently used. A decade later, we can batch load eJournals data into OCLC, so libraries with the budget and tech fluency to use OCLC products have inherently more access to resources. You can't borrow if the system doesn't know materials exist at a symbol.  

Anecdotally, we are not the only major academic medical center with this problem. We have a massive, hidden collection of resources people need simply because the system we use for resource sharing in medical libraries is creating a divide that will leave low/no budget libraries and hospitals behind, which is exactly the opposite of what we're trying to do. NIH is constantly releasing API for their data, why not open DOCLINE?  

I'm exploring various solutions to this, but it's unfortunate DOCLINE has not scaled to meet the needs of Resource Libraries.

A.S. Galvan 
Digital Reformatting Specialist 
Head, Document Delivery 
The Ohio State University
Health Sciences Library 
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Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 8:54 AM
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To me it depends on a number of things, e.g., how many you have, how much coverage there is per package, how reliable the vendor is, etc.  I just updated ones I have from losing MDConsult, which went much further back than other sources.  If you know your vendor does a rolling X number of years you can handle the situation just by noting holdings that way & thus not have to worry about it, or if you prefer specific-year/volume-forward  you could do a yearly spot check & see if it begins to look like you should do annual updates.

JM$.02W -- other people's mileage may vary, slightly high west of the Rockies.....


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Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2014 9:03 PM
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Hello All,

I was able to talk with one hospital librarian and one academic librarian who gave me the scoop on how they manage SERHOLD ejournal holdings.  I'll share with you their advice below.

--Add electronic journal packages as you subscribe

--No SERHOLD update/inventory is done unless it becomes necessary.  I was thinking that a yearly SERHOLD inventory is necessary and wondered how would we ever keep thousands of ejournal holdings updated.  Turns out that the two librarians I talked to say they don't do inventories and that mistakes in their SERHOLD holdings are only corrected if an erroneous DOCLINE request is received.  Fill rates have not suffered much.

Bottom Line: Accept that fill rate will not be perfect, don't worry about checking holdings every year, it's more important to spend the time you have to get the ejournal holdings inputted into SERHOLD.

So, this is what we are going to do.  

I would love to hear if anyone else has anything to say:)


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From: Kash-Holley, Melissa
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2014 6:44 PM
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Subject: How do you keep electronic records in SERHOLD updated?

Hello all,

I am interested to know how you all keep up with the maintenance of your electronic SERHOLD records.

We are currently working on inputting more of our electronic journal holdings into SERHOLD.  I am trying to decide how many is feasible.  We have ~16,000 electronic holdings and 1 person to maintain the SERHOLD records.  The average library inputs about 32% of their electronic holdings into SERHOLD.  For us, 32% is over 5,000 SERHOLD holdings. Is this even possible?  If so, how do you do it?

Any advice would be appreciated!


Melissa Kash-Holley, MLIS, AHIP
Librarian for Reference, Instruction and Access Services Medical Library Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
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Tulsa, Oklahoma  74107-1898
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