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Feb 082013
 

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the catalogue in the last week. The dates displayed indicate when the files were received by SUNCAT.

  • CONSER (30 Jan 13)
  • Durham University (30 Jan 13)
  • Glasgow University (16 Jan 13)
  • ISSN (31 Jan 13)
  • Liverpool University (01 Feb 13)
  • Manchester University (21 Jan 13)
  • Natural History Museum (25 Jan 13)
  • Newcastle University (24 Jan 13)
  • Reading University (29 Jan 13)
  • Royal Asiatic Society (24 Jan 13)
  • Sheffield Hallam University (16 Jan 13)
  • Southampton University (03 Feb 13)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk or the SUNCAT blog at http://suncatblog.blogspot.com
 February 8, 2013  Posted by at 3:50 pm Updates No Responses »
Feb 082013
 

Tomorrow (Saturday 9th February) is National Libraries Day. To celebrate libraries and all the fantastic material they hold here are some weird and wonderful serials found in SUNCATwith a library and librarian theme.

  • The Nugget weekly … : combining The Prairie, Detective, and Robin Hood libraries.
  • Polar libraries bulletin
  • Reading light : Oxford University libraries readers’ newsletter.
  • Scalable Parallel Libraries Conference
  • Taking stock : libraries and the book trade : journal of the National Acquisitions Group.
  • What Croydon reads.
  • Wilpower : Women in Libraries newsletter.
  • Books, bytes and buildings : strategic plan for the library service.
  • Cowboy adventure library.
  • At your service : for deans and directors of research libraries.
  • Australian play matters : journal of the Australian Toy Libraries Association.
  • Behind the shelves : Hereford and Worcester County Libraries staff magazine.
  • High roller. (Nevada Library Association.)
  • The Librarian : being an account of scarce valuable, and useful English books, manuscript libraries, public records, &c. &c / By James Savage.
  • Show-me libraries.
  • Stress : an information bulletin on libraries and local government reorganisation in Yorkshire / produced by the Yorkshire Branch of the Library Association.
  • WULOP : Westminster union list of periodicals.
  • Between librarians : journal of the Maryland Library Association.
  • Cassette scrutiny : a journal for librarians & library users.
  • From the State librarian’s desk.
  • Fundraising for the small public library : a how-to-do-it manual for librarians / James Swan.
  • Game for a LAFF : the fanzine for Librarians As Football Fans.
  • Harrod’s librarians’ glossary of terms used in librarianship, documentation and the book crafts, and reference book.
  • How to do it manual for librarians.
  • Librarians at liberty
  • Librarians for the Alliance : for librarians interested in Liberal and SDP policies.
  • Matter of fax : a directory of fax numbers and email addresses for librarians, archivists and information scientists.
  • Ogle : Newsletter Committee of the Ontario Government Librarians Council.
  • Grassroots for high risque librarians.
SUNCAT now contains the serials records of 89 libraries, from academic and research libraries through to special libraries and National Libraries, and the number is growing.Take a look at our Contributing Libraries map to see where they are located and what their contact details are.
Follow what libraries are doing for National Libraries Day on Twitter by following @NatLibrariesDay and checking out the hashtags #LoveLibraries and #NLD13.
 February 8, 2013  Posted by at 11:38 am Weird titles Tagged with:  No Responses »
Feb 072013
 

We reported in a blog post in November that a new interface for SUNCAT is being developed and since good progress has been made we are keen to share with you more details on what we are doing and perhaps more importantly when we plan to show what has been done. We are working towards having a public preview of the new interface early in April.

Building up to this we will have a blog post next week on the technical architecture which has been adopted. This will be followed by blog posts on the functionality, which will be available initially, and outlining the details for the public preview. We are very keen to find out from our users what they think of the development and accordingly will be asking for feedback after users have had a chance to view the interface.

Future blog posts will include sharing the roadmap of our planned developments until the end of the year and providing information on specific aspects of the technical developments.

It’s clearly a busy time for us but we feel that it is time and effort well spent as we will be in a position to develop and implement requested functionality much more quickly than we have been able to in the past.

 February 7, 2013  Posted by at 12:24 pm Developments Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Feb 072013
 

On Monday, 4th February, one of the SUNCAT Project Officers kicked off the Twitter Takeover of the Voices for the Library (@VoicesLibrary) in the run-up to National Libraries Day on Saturday, 9th February. Check out Twitter for #nld13 to see what libraries across the UK are doing.

To give a bit of background:
Voices for the Library (@ukpling) describes itself as “Publicising the Public Library Services in the UK and the work librarians do.” Their sister Twitter account is @VoicesLibrary, which has a “new librarian every day”. As described in an earlier blog post, a call was put out on the LIS-PROFESSION mailing list, asking for librarians from all walks of life who would be willing to talk about where they work, and what makes it so special. Natasha Aburrow-Jones (@TashaAJ), the SUNCAT bibliographic Project Officer, was selected to kick off a week of diverse librarians talking about their roles (others include a museum librarian, a public librarian, an art librarian, an NHS librarian and a University librarian).

Natasha says:
“I applied to be one of the Voices for the Library in the run-up to National Libraries Day as I wanted to tell everyone what a fantastic service SUNCAT is, and how the team behind it are so dedicated to their work. I also wanted to point out that SUNCAT is not merely a librarian’s tool – it’s available for anyone (everyone!) to use.
I was somewhat surprised / most honoured to be selected to be the first Voice; I presumed that my role was so specialised, that it wouldn’t have great appeal to everyone. However, that presumption seems to have been blown out of the water with the comments I’ve received since undertaking the #TwitterTakeover!”

Over the course of the working day, Natasha issued 42 tweets, mainly covering the work that lies behind SUNCAT, to show what happens during the average SUNCAT day. This included talking about the range of libraries that contribute data to SUNCAT, the continual updating of the database, the “Weird and Wonderful” titles found in SUNCAT (and are blogged about thematically), data munging, ease of searching SUNCAT and what a timesaver it is, etc. She also mentioned the new interface that SUNCAT will be having in the near future.

A Storify made up of the tweets has been put together, and can be found here:
http://storify.com/edinadatacentre/suncat-serials-union-catalogue-for-the-uk
You can look at the tweets as they happened, and the responses.

There was much re-tweeting, spreading as far as Sweden, the United States and Australia. It also meant new followers for both @TashaAJ and @suncatteam. Comments included:
(On the new SUNCAT interface) “Wow, that looks very different. I rely on SUNCAT to identify libraries to source articles for ILL requests.”
“Are you doing a “Weird & wonderful” libraries SUNCAT post for National Libraries Day?” – we are now! The post will be put up on Friday, in time for National Libraries Day on the 9th February.
“I’ve never used SUNCAT so I learnt a lot!”

 February 7, 2013  Posted by at 11:58 am News Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Feb 042013
 

You may have seen a recent call on LIS-PROFESSION for a call for a Twitter takeover of the Voices for the Library account to celebrate National Libraries Day on the 9th February. The call said:
What do Librarians actually do? As part of National Libraries Day, we want to celebrate librarians of all shapes and sizes. A librarian a day will take over our sister account @ukpling and share their experiences of working in the library and information profession.

Well, you might be interested to know that the first Twitter takeover on Monday 4th February will be none other than @TashaAJ – normally known as Natasha Aburrow-Jones, the SUNCAT Bibliographic Project Officer.

@VoicesLibrary said it best:
Interested in finding out more about what goes on at SUNCAT Union Serial Catalogue? Our first tweeter for #nld13 is @TashaAJ. Starts 4/2/13

Feel free to follow either @VoicesLibrary and/or @TashaAJ and see what goes on in the SUNCATteam!

 February 4, 2013  Posted by at 9:10 am News Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Feb 042013
 

SUNCAT is sending out a survey to Contributing Libraries on Monday, 4thFebruary, to discuss what the libraries are doing with regards to the adoption of RDA (Resource Description Access), the new cataloguing rules that are due to replace AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition).  The results will help with integrating RDA into SUNCAT, for example, in adding new MARC21 codes for display, new indexing routines, etc. The analysis of the answers will also form the basis of a paper that has been accepted for publication in Alexandria: the journal of national & international library and information issues (0955-7490), in a special RDA-themed issue.

We would be very grateful if our Contributing Libraries completed this survey. We are happy to receive more than one questionnaire from any given Contributing Library, as there may be different answers from different departments, etc. The survey will be open for 3 weeks.
 February 4, 2013  Posted by at 8:54 am News Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Feb 012013
 

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the catalogue in the last week. The dates displayed indicate when the files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Aberystwyth University (15 Jan 13)
  • Cambridge University (08 Jan 13)
  • CONSER (23 Jan 13) 
  • Liverpool University (25 Jan 13)
  • St Andrews University (08 Jan 13)
  • Southampton University (27 Jan 13)
  • Trinity College Dublin (16 Jan 13)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk or the SUNCAT blog at http://suncatblog.blogspot.com
 February 1, 2013  Posted by at 3:01 pm Updates No Responses »
Jan 252013
 

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the catalogue in the last week. The dates displayed indicate when the files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Birmingham University (22 Jan 13)
  • Cranfield University (20 Jan 13)
  • Edinburgh University (21 Jan 13)
  • Hull University (10 Dec 12)
  • Liverpool University (18 Jan 13)
  • Queen Mary, University of London (15 Jan 13)
  • Royal College of Music (17 Jan 13)
  • Sheffield University (14 Jan 13)
  • Southampton University (20 Jan 13)
  • Strathclyde University (21 Dec 12)
  • Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University (19 Dec 12)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk or the SUNCAT blog at http://suncatblog.blogspot.com
 January 25, 2013  Posted by at 4:24 pm Updates No Responses »
Jan 252013
 

Tomorrow (26th January) is Australia Day. Australia has been in the news recently due to the extremely hot weather there and, of course, the Australian Open tennis tournament. Congratulations Andy Murray for getting through to the final. Here’s hoping he’ll win another Grand Slam title! Here are some weird and wonderful serial titles with an Australian theme.

  • The Australian bird bander : journal of the Bird Banders’ Association of Australia.
  • Mapping Pro Bono in Australia
  • Maverick guide to Australia
  • Stanley Gibbons stamp catalogue. Australia. 
  • Kylie Minogue : the official … annual
  • Wanneroo Times (Perth, Australia)
  • Worrall’s textile directory of the manufacturing districts of Ireland, Scotland, & Wales, with the dominions of Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and the counties of Chester, Derby, Gloucester, Leicester, Nottingham, Worcester, and other manufacturing districts not included in Worrall’s textile directory of Lancashire and Yorkshire
  • Bush telegraph (Warwick, Australia)
  • The kosher koala : newsletter of the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society.
  • E-VarietyProfiler for Western Australia profiles the status of a variety in terms of physical characteristics, disease risks, abiotic stresses, herbicide tolerance, yield and potential net return / Government of Western Australia, Department of Agriculture, Grains Research & Development Corporation.
  • Joondalup Times (Wanneroo/Perth, Australia)
  • Australian beer label annual.
  • ’Look-in’ Rod Hull & Emu annual
  • Bath & shower products in Australia
  • Chewings : Glossy Black-Cockatoo newsletter.
  • The Welsh Australian = Yr Awstralwr Cymreig.
  • Triple bottom line summary report / Department of the Environment and Heritage.

For more Australian serials and weird and wonderful titles in general take a look in a SUNCAT.

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk or the SUNCAT blog at http://suncatblog.blogspot.com
 January 25, 2013  Posted by at 3:01 pm Weird titles Tagged with:  No Responses »
Jan 182013
 

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the catalogue in the last week. The dates displayed indicate when the files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Bath University (14 Jan 13)
  • Bristol University (10 Jan 13)
  • British Library (21 Dec 12)
  • Cardiff University (20 Dec 12)
  • CONSER (09 Jan 13)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (10 Jan 13)
  • Exeter University (02 Jan 13)
  • King’s College London (01 Jan 13)
  • Liverpool University (11 Jan 13)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (10 Dec 12)
  • Loughborough University (07 Jan 13)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University (08 Jan 13)
  • National Library of Scotland (08 Jan 13)
  • Nottingham University (03 Jan 13)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (11 Jan 13)
  • Southampton University (13 Jan 13)
  • Swansea University (15 Jan 13)
  • University College London (15 Jan 13)
  • University of East Anglia (03 Jan 13)
  • Warwick University (15 Jan 13)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk or the SUNCAT blog at http://suncatblog.blogspot.com
 January 18, 2013  Posted by at 4:38 pm Updates No Responses »