Aug 152016

SUNCAT is very pleased to announce that Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) has become our newest Contributing Library. Nearly 350 Iniva serial records have been loaded into the service. This takes the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 105, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

Here Nick Brown, Library and Information Manager at Iniva, introduces the Stuart Hall Library and its periodical collection.


A photograph of the Stuart Hall Library, Iniva with Ansuman Biswas installation.

A view of an artist Ansuman Biswas’s site-specific installation Gnomon in the Stuart Hall Library, Iniva. (© Iniva, 2016.)

The Stuart Hall Library is part of Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) which focuses on diversity in the visual arts and the politics of representation. Collection strengths include African, Asian and Latin American art as well as the art of the diasporas, especially in the UK. The library collects around art which takes issues such as cultural identity as its theme or seeks to de-centre a Eurocentric and mono-cultural view of the art world(s). In these ways the library works to record a range of opinion with an international and transnational scope. It also plays an important role in documenting marginalised art histories, for example, the UK Black Arts Movement of the 1980s, which are often under-represented in other collections and in national institutions. The library was renamed in honour of the cultural theorist Stuart Hall who was the first Chair of Iniva and whose ideas animate the development of the collection. The library is free to use and open to all.

The collection comprises over 10,000 books, 300 journal titles and 800 audio visual items. There are also ‘zine and an artists’ book collection. The archive constitutes the institutional record of Iniva, papers from prominent individuals including Isaac Julien as well as an extensive collection of ephemera documenting artists, exhibitions and thinkers. The library runs an active series of Research Network events in which artists, academics, curators, students, social activists and practitioners of various kinds can share their work and a second group focusing on textiles and dress as part of wider visual culture and from a post-colonial viewpoint.

The periodical collection includes many rare items and aims to have a broad geographic scope. Highlights include important arts magazines from the 1970s, 80s and 90s such as Black Phoenix, Ten.8, Polareyes, Third Text, Artrage, Bazaar, Revue Noir and Black Arts in London to politically engaged magazines of today such as Strike! and the Occupied Times or those taking up the legacies of cultural studies like Soundings. Caribbean perspectives are represented in Small Axe, Savacou, Calabash and critical feminist voices in N. Paradoxa, MAKE Magazine, Women’s Art Magazine, Meridians and Feminist Art News. The collection covers a wide spectrum from Signals, a central document of the 1960s international avant-garde and Metronome, the peripatetic inter-cultural art journal (including the only copy in a library in England of the pilot issue produced in Dakar, Senegal) to Bidoun, showcasing art and culture from the Middle East, and Chimurenga/The Chronic one of the most exciting pan-African cultural journals active today. An audio recording of the Librarian discussing black art magazines with artist Joy Gregory and curator and writer David A. Bailey is available here.

Photograph of Rivington Place, London.

Rivington Place, London. (© Lyndon Douglas.)

Iniva is situated in Rivington Place in Shoreditch in a building designed by David Adjaye and shared with Autograph ABP (The Association of Black Photographers). For more information about the library please visit or contact


SUNCAT would like to thank Nick for writing this post. If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections or would like to join SUNCAT please contact the EDINA Helpdesk at

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Jun 062016

SUNCAT welcomes Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), our newest Contributing Library. Just over 650 of their serial records have been loaded into the service. This takes the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 104, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

Who better to introduce SASA and its library service than Jill Tivey, SASA’s Librarian & Information Manager.


Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), formerly the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency, is a Division of the Scottish Government’s Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities Directorate and its primary role is to provide scientific services and advice in support of Scotland’s agriculture and wider environment. Although much of its work is in support of arable agriculture, it also provides services in food safety, wildlife management and crime whilst providing specialist advice to Scottish Ministers. SASA occupies a world class laboratory, glasshouse and experimental farm facility on the outskirts of Edinburgh. More about SASA’s history from the early days of seed testing and seed potato classification in Edinburgh in 1913 through post-war expansion to the present, can be found on the SASA website.

Photograph of the interior of the SASA Library.

The SASA Library

The Library provides support to SASA staff in their work and also an enquiry service for the public. The Library’s international collections focus on agricultural science, particularly: seed and variety testing; potato pathology; plant health; entomology; nematology; pesticides; and control of vertebrate pests. The oldest print journals held date back to the 1890s – Transactions of the British Mycological Society (1896 – 1988) and the Journal of The Board of Agriculture (1894 – 1918) – however current titles include Genetic Resources & Crop Evolution, Nematology, Outlooks on Pest Management, Seed Science Research, and Trends in Biotechnology. The longest continuous runs held are the Journal of Agricultural Science (1905 to present) and Phytopathology (1911 to present) plus there are titles which have changed their name along the way such as American Potato Journal (1926 to 1997) to American Journal of Potato Research (1998 to present). Some of the perhaps lesser known journals held include the Entomologist’s Record & Journal of Variation and Scottish Beekeeper. Historical material from both the UK and overseas also includes reprints and pamphlets from the late 19th century onwards. SASA Library holds official publications from Scottish and UK bodies where relevant to SASA’s work.

SASA Library is open to researchers for reference purposes only. For more information about SASA Library, please contact


SUNCAT would like to thank Jill for writing this post. If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections or would like to join SUNCAT please let us know.

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Sep 162015

You may have noticed that records from the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) found in SUNCAT have changed recently. Since the July 2015 update we have received a lot more information on each of the DOAJ titles.

SUNCAT has been downloading records from the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) since November 2008, when we received data for 3736 titles. The number of DOAJ titles has risen and fallen over the years, but now stands at one of the highest numbers ever – 10551 in September 2015. DOAJ records form an important part of our database, giving our users information and access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Extra Information
The DOAJ journal metadata is downloaded in CSV format. We assign each field (or column heading) to a MARC tag and then “marcify” the data using a specially written script. Before the July update we were receiving 17 different fields which we transferred into MARC. Now we are receiving 54 fields! As stated on the DOAJ website, “the amount of information in the CSV will increase as each journal has their reapplication accepted to remain indexed in DOAJ. There are currently 510 journals with the new information completed.”

It was felt that as we receive all of this valuable data we should make this available to users of SUNCAT. At the moment, we are not using every single field, as some information is very specific to the DOAJ, such as whether the title was accepted after March 2014. This information is important for them to record as all journals that were accepted into DOAJ before March 2014 are now required to reapply.

The new and improved journal metadata we are using includes information on:

  • APCs (Article Processing Charges);
  • Journal article submission fees;
  • Archiving;
  • Review process;
  • Copyright;
  • Publishing rights.

If you take a look at their catalogue you will see how they present this information. The challenge for us was to convert this information into a MARC format.

Mapping to MARC
It has been a very interesting process to map this extra information into MARC. Here are the steps which we took.

  1. Looked to see if other SUNCAT Contributing Libraries have incorporated this information into their bibliographic records.
  2. Looked at the MARC Standards (
  3. Consulted with colleagues.

MARC does not really cater for data which is not strictly bibliographic. This is one issue which needs to be addressed in the age of electronic resources. As a result, much of the metadata is being placed in 500$a tags. This tag does not have a $u, which is normally used to indicate an URL, so we are just including this in the 500$a. We have tried to group together information to put in the same 500 tag where possible.

Example metadata for the journal Current Therapeutic Research:

APC information URL:

APC amount:

USD – US Dollar

500 _aThere are journal Article Processing Charges (APCs). 1200 USD – US Dollar.

Some of the data obtained from the DOAJ can be directly inputted into a MARC tag, including the full text formats available, full text language and keywords. However, in most cases we need to add some text of explanation to the metadata, especially for URLs, or replace the metadata with text when the only metadata given is ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘True’, ‘False’.


Journal full-text crawl permission
If there is a ‘yes’ in this field then create 500 ## $aJournal full-text crawl permitted.

URL for journal’s Open Access statement:
If there are contents in this field create a 500 ## $aJournal’s Open Access statement: and add the contents preceded by a space.

The resulting work on marcifying the DOAJ metadata was tricky. but ultimately very rewarding. It was wonderful to see this new metadata in SUNCAT. All the notes fields (5XX tags) can be clearly seen on the full record display of a DOAJ record, as well as in the actual MARC record.

A screen shot of the full record display for the DOAJ record for Nukleonika. Captured on 15th September 2015.

Full-display DOAJ record for Nukleonika as found in SUNCAT. Screen shot captured 15th September 2015.

We hope you find this improved metadata really useful. Any comments would be very welcome. Just contact the EDINA helpdesk at

 September 16, 2015  Posted by at 3:03 pm Contributing Libraries Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Jul 202015

SUNCAT is very pleased to announce that the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art has become our newest Contributing Library. Nearly 300 serial records have been loaded into the service. This takes the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 103, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art is an educational charity committed to supporting original research into the history of British art and architecture of all periods. It is the sister institution to the Yale Center for British Art, with which it collaborates closely, and is part of Yale University. Based in Bedford Square, London, the centre offers a supportive, professional environment for scholarly work, providing rich library and archival resources to curators, art-trade professionals, independent art historians, academics, researchers and students. It hosts a busy programme of scholarly events, generates high-quality research and has a long and continuing history of publishing scholarly monographs and catalogues through the means of Yale University Press. It is also committed to the most rigorous and creative forms of digital publication: it has recently published its first online catalogue raisonné, and is developing a new scholarly journal entitled British Art Studies, to be launched in November 2015.

The library holds periodicals on the subjects of art, architecture and garden history. Many of these are current titles including Apollo, Burlington, Country Life, as well as some subject specific titles such as Furniture History, Print Quarterly, Garden History and Journal of the History of Collections. There are some interesting mid-20th century titles such as Horizon, Motif and Walker’s Quarterly. They also have a number of 19th and early 20th century titles, including issues of Magazine of Art, Art Union, Art Journal, and The Studio.

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Jul 062015

SUNCAT’ s newest Contributing Library is that of the Institute of Cancer Research, London. Just over 11,000 serial records have just been added to SUNCAT. This addition brings the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 102, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

The Institute of Cancer Research, London is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. It is a college of the University of London, with a core part of its mission to educate and train the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians, and is researching on how to treat the differences between cancers – an approach known as personalised medicine.

The library and information service supports the academic and clinical work of The Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, which is a world-leading specialist cancer hospital. The library is located on the modern Sutton campus and is open to visitors, and borrowing rights are granted to visitors from academic institutions that are a member of the SCONUL Access Scheme. Users of the library may access its journals and databases from anywhere by following a few simple steps.

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 July 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:40 pm Contributing Libraries Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Jul 022015

SUNCAT is pleased to announce that the serial records of Manchester Central Library (formerly Manchester Public Libraries) have just been re-loaded into the service. Just over 2,500 of its serials records have been added to SUNCAT’s database. The total number of libraries in SUNCAT is 101, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

Manchester Central Library first joined SUNCAT back in October 2006. It’s records were temporarily removed from SUNCAT in 2010 due to it closing for major renovation. It is SUNCAT’s one and only Contributing Library which is a public library. If you are from a public library service and think that you might be interested in becoming a SUNCAT Contributing Library please get in touch by contacting the EDINA helpdesk at

May 192015

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is SUNCAT’s newest Contributing Library. Just under 100 serials records have just been loaded into our database. This is our first new Contributing Library of this year, and brings the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 101, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is located at Caphouse Colliery, on the western edge of the Yorkshire coalfield, where mining has been carried out for centuries. Visitors can go on an underground tour, explore its galleries and original colliery buildings, stroll around the nature trail and discover interactive displays and activities at Hope Pit and Hope Store, as well as many other activities.

An photograph of the stacks in the National Coal Mining Museum Library

The National Coal Mining Museum Library. (© National Coal Mining Museum Library, 2015.)

The Library holds a wealth of information on all aspects of the coal mining industry in England, from the technical to the social. Topics include: mining disasters, coal production statistics, individual mines, and regeneration. Its collection also contains current mining journals and journals from the nineteenth century. Anyone can come and use the library for research or browsing.

A photograph of three members of the National Coal Mining Museum Library team.

The National Coal Mining Museum Library team. (© National Coal Mining Museum Library, 2015.)

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 May 19, 2015  Posted by at 2:27 pm Contributing Libraries Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Apr 152015

The FTP server that our Contributing Libraries use to send us their updates will be unavailable for a short time, between 5 and 6pm next Wednesday 22nd April, to allow for essential maintenance. This means that it won’t be possible to transfer any files in this time period.

If you are a SUNCAT Contributor please pass this on to whoever is responsible for sending your update files.

If you have any queries or concerns about the above please contact the EDINA helpdesk at

 April 15, 2015  Posted by at 9:37 am Contributing Libraries, News, Updates Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Feb 232015

Here is the ninth in the series of guest posts written by one of SUNCAT’s Contributing Libraries. This guest post has been written by Michael Morgan, Librarian at Heythrop College, which is part of the University of London, and shares a library management system (Innovative Millennium) and library catalogue with Senate House Libraries and a few other libraries in a consortium setting. Senate House Libraries comprises of eight different libraries including those of the Advanced Institute of Legal Studies, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Warburg Institute. Serial records from all these libraries and associate collections, such as Heythrop College and the Wallace Collection, can be found in SUNCAT.


Heythrop College traces its history back to the founding of an English Jesuit College in Louvain, Flanders, in 1614, which moved to Liège in 1624. In 1794, it relocated to Stonyhurst in the north of England. The College takes its name from Heythrop Hall in Oxfordshire, where it was based from 1926 to 1970. In 1970, the College moved to Cavendish Square in London and became part of the University of London. This period saw the College developing from being a theological college mainly for those studying for the priesthood to becoming an institution open to the secular world.

In 2014, the College celebrated its 400th anniversary, culminating in a two-day conference with the theme, “For the Greater Glory of God and the More Universal Good” at University of London Senate House in June. The conference explored not just the history of the College, but also the Jesuit tradition in education, with a final lecture by Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury. In mid-October, a book was published on the history of the College by Michael Walsh, who was formerly the Librarian at Heythrop.

To accompany the conference, an exhibition was mounted in Senate House Library of books from Heythrop College, Senate House Library and the Warburg Institute. Heythrop lent several examples of early Jesuit theology, while Senate House Library lent some of their early anti-Jesuit works. The books were not only theological, but also showed the range of creativity and scholarship of Jesuits, such as works on mathematics by Christoph Clavius (1538-1612), and a first edition of the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889).

Image of the periodicals area of Heyhtrop College Library

The periodicals area. Heythrop College Library, 2015.

Heythrop College today is an institution which has staff and students of a variety of religious backgrounds (or of none). The College is proud of its adherence to rigorous academic standards and intellectual inquiry. The Library reflects this with an excellent collection in all areas of philosophy, in addition to its collections in theology, church history and religious studies. As a College with a strong Catholic history, we are particularly strong on Roman Catholic history and theology. We have around 180,000 books in the library – which, given the number of students at Heythrop (less than a thousand), means that we have a high ratio of books to students. We also have a pre-1801 book collection of around 40,000 items.

An image of Heythrop College Library's run of the Botanical Magazine

The Botanical Magazine, Hethrop College Library, 2015.

We began automating various library procedures from the mid-1980s, and in 1990 joined a consortium based at the Senate House Library for our automated library system (which was Libertas back then). We are still in partnership with Senate House Library, and use Innovative Millennium for Circulation, Cataloguing, Acquisitions and Serials, together with our Web OPAC. We currently subscribe to around 180 periodicals, some of which are exchanged for copies of the Heythrop Journal. These are in our specialist subject areas of Philosophy and Theology. One of our most popular resources is our full run of the Tablet magazine, which began in 1840 and is used as a source for British Catholic history.

Heythrop has been at its current leafy campus in Kensington Square since 1993. However, it may be that in the near future we will again be moving as Heythrop is exploring a possible strategic partnership with St Mary’s University, Twickenham.


SUNCAT would like to thank Michael for writing this post. If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections please let us know.

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Jan 222015

The SUNCAT team is very proud to announce that The National Archives is our hundredth Contributing Library. Just over 1600 serials records from The National Archives Library have been added to the database. This milestone makes it a fantastic start to the year.

Photograph of the interior of The National Archives Library

The National Archives Library, copyright 2015.

The National Archives, located at Kew in Richmond, Surrey, is the UK government’s official archive. Its collection of over 11 million historical government and public records is one of the largest in the world. From the Domesday Book to modern government papers and digital files, the collection includes paper and parchment, electronic records and websites, photographs, posters, maps, drawings and paintings. The National Archives’ present aim is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible.

Photograph of the interior of The National Archives Library

The National Archives Library, copyright 2015.

The reference-only Library at The National Archives has a collection of books, periodicals and directories on history (including local, family and military history), law, biography, genealogy, as well as a wide range of reference material.  A number of electronic reference resources are also available. The National Archives Library uses Koha open-source Integrated Library System, the first library using this system to be added to SUNCAT.

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 January 22, 2015  Posted by at 11:07 am Contributing Libraries Tagged with:  No Responses »