A recent release of SUNCAT includes two new features: My SUNCAT, and a serials holdings comparison service.
My SUNCAT allows users to sign in to SUNCAT and save searches to reuse at a later date, save records and organise them into lists, and create custom groups of libraries and locations to use in searches. To find out more please see our My SUNCAT Guide.
Serials Holdings Comparison service
We’re also pleased to announce that the holdings comparison service that SUNCAT offers to the UKRR has been extended to enable libraries to run their own serials holdings comparisons against the data held in SUNCAT. This free tool allows libraries to compare holdings for serials across more than 100 UK academic and research libraries. Libraries can discover which serials are rare or unique, which are widely held and which are marked for UKRR retention. Analysis can be made at the national level or the local level by selecting particular libraries to include in the comparison.
The results can help libraries make decisions about:
- Keeping older print serials or moving them into storage
- Deselecting lower use print serials if commonly held
- Collaborating with other libraries to ensure sustainable access to at least one copy of a serial
- Cancelling or renewing current subscriptions depending on alternative access locally or via ILL.
To find out more about using the serials holdings comparison service, please see http://www.suncat.ac.uk/librarians/holdings-comparison-service.html.