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Nov 302012
 

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 Nov 12)
  • Birmingham University (22 Nov 12)
  • Bradford University (15 Nov 12)
  • CONSER (28 Nov 12)
  • Liverpool University (23 Nov 12)
  • Natural History Museum (25 Nov 12)
  • Newcastle University (22 Nov 12)
  • Queen Mary, University of London (15 Nov 12)
  • Southampton University (25 Nov 12)
  • Strathclyde University (07 Nov 12)
  • Trinity College Dublin (21 Nov 12)
  • University of the West of England (UWE) (23 Nov 12)
  • Wellcome Library (06 Nov 12)

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

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk.
 November 30, 2012  Posted by at 4:13 pm Updates No Responses »
Nov 302012
 

Today (30th November) is St.Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day. In celebration of this here are some Scotland-related weird and wonderful titles found in SUNCAT.

  • The Aberdeen tee-totaller and North of Scotlandabstinence advocate.
  • Annual report / Paintings in Hospitals Scotland.
  • Done deals / Royal Bank of Scotland.
  • Fish in Scotland.
  • Milk topics: journal of the North of Scotland Milk Marketing Board.
  • Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland
  • The position of Popery in Great Britain, and the means for resisting it in Scotland.
  • Return to Scotland : an egoist’s journey.
  • WIDWISAWN. Who is doing what in Scotland and what’s Needed.
  • Short spells in a magic country / Scottish Tourist Board.
  • Cairn : the historie jurnal in the Scots leid.
  • MADE: Mums and Dads Edinburgh.
  • Stan’s news : the newsletter of St. Andrew’s School Community Association.
  • Clavers: wittings frae the ScotsLanguage Society.
  • Calling all Scots
  • The Gliffdin: the wittins fae the ScotsLeid Associe an the Leid Resource Haw.
  • The Scotish dove sent out, and returning; brings intelligence from the armies of both kingdoms: and relates other passages observable, for information and instruction.

For more Scottish titles and other weird and wonderful serials take a look at SUNCAT.

 November 30, 2012  Posted by at 11:18 am Weird titles Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Nov 282012
 

As part of the SUNCAT Redevelopment we reported on last week, we will be introducing a new contemporary design for the SUNCAT web interface.

A number of designs were produced by EDINA’s in-house designer, based on a design brief submitted by the SUNCAT team based on

Feedback suggested that the current design was well liked but was starting to look somewhat dated so some key elements of the brief included:

  • Keeping the SUNCAT logo and colours for continuity
  • Keeping the search functionality at the heart of the design
  • Incorporating other elements of the site into the search homepage to reflect a more portal style approach
  • Trying to keep the design clean and simple.

After the initial set of designs was discussed and adapted by the SUNCAT team, the selection was narrowed to two preferred designs which were then circulated to EDINA colleagues for comment.

We were then keen to consult our SUNCAT contributors to involve them in the final selection and to gather feedback which could be incorporated into the ultimate design. A short online survey was made available to SUNCAT contributing libraries for a week at the beginning of November. Sixty responses were received in total, from at least 26 different libraries.

Seventy-two percent of respondents preferred the design displayed below, one percent liked both designs equally and happily none of the respondents reported that they didn’t like either design. The main reasons for preferring the design below included:

  • Simpler, cleaner and more user friendly
  • Preferred colours and images
  • Layout of search and filters on the screen
  • Having a map of contributing libraries and a newsfeed easily accessible on the homepage
New Design for SUNCAT Interface

We will now be looking at some of the suggestions on how to improve the design, such as:

  • Changing the colour of the “Find Now” to better differentiate it from the limit options
  • Moving the Advanced Search and Browse buttons closer to the main search box
  • Moving the Reset button to beneath the “Find Now” button.
The new design will form part of the beta release of the new platform in spring 2013, please let us know if you have any comments about SUNCAT’s new look in the meantime.
SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk.
 November 28, 2012  Posted by at 11:56 am Developments Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Nov 232012
 

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.

  • Bristol University (16 Nov 12)
  • CONSER (21 Nov 12)
  • Courtauld Institute of Art (22 Nov 12)
  • Cranfield University (20 Nov 12)
  • Durham University (21 Nov 12)
  • Edinburgh Napier University (14 Nov 12)
  • ISSN (16 Nov 12)
  • King’s College London (01 Nov 12)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (12 Nov 12)
  • Oxford University (08 Nov 12)
  • Royal College of Music (22 Nov 12)
  • St Andrews University (06 Nov 12)
  • Sheffield University (14 Nov 12)
  • Southampton University (18 Nov 12)
  • Swansea University (15 Nov 12)

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

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk.
 November 23, 2012  Posted by at 4:19 pm Updates No Responses »
Nov 212012
 

EDINA has embarked on a programme to redevelop the existing SUNCAT search platform. The impetus for this redevelopment emerged from a long held desire to not only provide enhanced functionality but also to be able to be more responsive to user feedback regarding suggested improvements.

Work commenced on the first phase of this development in spring 2012 as EDINA developers started to design and implement an entirely new bespoke user interface for the SUNCAT service.

In this initial development phase SUNCAT will continue to rely on Ex Libris’ Aleph software to load and de-duplicate contributing libraries’ serials records. The web interface however, will be developed in-house leveraging the open source enterprise search platform, Solr to facilitate highly efficient searching across the millions of SUNCAT records.

The developers considered a number of options to facilitate record searching, but Solr proved to be the best solution for dealing with the complex issues around searching and displaying records grouped into matched sets, a central component of the SUNCAT service. Moving to this open source platform should allow EDINA to have greater control and flexibility over the functionality and presentation of SUNCAT.

One key area of improvement, which will be available from the outset, is the ability to limit search results restricted to holdings from multiple libraries and locations. These limits will include all the individual locations of each of our contributing libraries, rather than just locations at an institutional level as with the current service. Another benefit will be that users will be able to select multiple locations and/or institutions to limit their search by, so giving them great flexibility. The limits will now also ensure that users only see the holdings from locations or institutions they are interested in, as any extraneous holdings will no longer be displayed. These improvements mean that in the future EDINA will be able to provide customised views onto the service, configurable at both the individual user level, and also at a higher geographic, subject specialist or consortial level.

The improvements to the geographic limits are particularly important for the mobile application which is also currently in development. EDINA conducted some early user testing with a small group of volunteers earlier in the year and it is hoped that a beta version will be made more widely available early in 2013.

Other key areas of new functionality will follow throughout the next year. The SUNCAT team have identified a wish list of features based on user feedback and also on a survey of some of the best functionality available in commercial search engines, library and union catalogues in the UK, Europe and beyond.

The feedback and survey also informed the design brief for the redeveloped service. Having considered a number of designs the SUNCAT team have narrowed the selection down to a few favoured options and we are currently consulting with our contributing libraries to decide on the final design.

It is hoped that a beta version of the new platform will be available in spring 2013, when we will be asking our users to provide feedback on progress. We hope that you will approve of the changes to come!

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk.
 November 21, 2012  Posted by at 4:30 pm Developments Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »
Nov 162012
 

We are pleased to announce that the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Library is the latest library to be added into SUNCAT.  This is our fifth new library for 2012.

The Reference Library collection reflects the Modern One and Modern Two’s own art collection.  Its great strengths are Dada and Surrealism, early twentieth century artists and contemporary Scottish art.  Over 100 serial records have been loaded, with more to follow.

This library adds to SUNCAT’s portfolio of art libraries, including the National Art Library the Courtauld Institute of Art and the Scottish National Gallery Research Library.  It is also the 14th Scottish library to be added, and takes the total number of Contributing Libraries to 89, plus CONSER, ISSN Register and the Directory of Open Access Journals.  For more news and information on SUNCAT, see the SUNCAT blog, SUNCAT on Twitter (@suncatteam), or contact the EDINA Helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk.

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk.
 November 16, 2012  Posted by at 9:57 am Contributing Libraries Tagged with:  No Responses »
Nov 162012
 

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.

  • British Library (2 Nov 12)
  • CONSER (14 Nov 12)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (14 Nov 12)
  • Essex University (05 Nov 12)
  • Exeter University (2 Nov 12)
  • Glasgow University (6 Nov 12)
  • Liverpool University (9 Nov 12)
  • London Business School (1 Nov 12)
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (2 Nov 12)
  • Manchester University (5 Nov 12)
  • Robert Gordon University (6 Nov 12)
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (7 Nov 12)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (6 Nov 12)
  • Sheffield Hallam University (1 Nov 12)
  • Southampton University (11 Nov 12)
  • University College London (8 Nov 12)
  • York University (6 Nov 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.
 November 16, 2012  Posted by at 9:35 am Updates No Responses »
Nov 122012
 

Last year we asked you about your use of SUNCAT. We thank all of you who responded to this survey, the results have fed back into the service and we are using your comments to inform the redevelopment of the SUNCAT interface. This year we are asking some slightly different questions and value any responses we receive so that we can continue to evaluate and develop SUNCAT to meet our users’ needs and expectations.

The survey has 10 questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. We would not only appreciate your comments but would also encourage you to circulate the survey details as widely as possible, to library staff and particularly to end-users.

Thank you in anticipation!

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk.
 November 12, 2012  Posted by at 1:09 pm News Tagged with:  No Responses »
Oct 302012
 

We are pleased to announce that the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow has now been loaded into SUNCAT. This is our fourth new library for 2012. It has contributed over 48,000 serial records, just over 35,000 of which are for electronic journals. The Library’s aim is to provide access to materials and information resources which will help with studies and research in a supportive learning environment. The University of Strathclyde also hosts the Royal Scottish Geographical Society Library.

The University of Strathclyde is the 12th Scottish library to be added to SUNCAT. Currently SUNCAT contains 9 Scottish university libraries: Aberdeen; Dundee; Edinburgh Napier; Edinburgh (including Edinburgh College of Art); Glasgow; Robert Gordon; St. Andrews; Stirling; and Strathclyde. It also contains the records of the National Library of Scotland, and the libraries of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and the Scottish National Gallery.

There are now 88 libraries, plus CONSER, ISSN Register and the Directory of Open Access Journals in SUNCAT. Take a look at the full list of the 88 Contributing Libraries. For more news and information on SUNCAT see the SUNCAT blog, SUNCAT on Twitter (@suncatteam), or contact the EDINA Helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk.

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk.
 October 30, 2012  Posted by at 11:43 am Contributing Libraries Tagged with:  No Responses »
Oct 262012
 

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 Oct 12)
  • Bristol University (22 Oct 12)
  • Cranfield University (20 Oct 12)
  • Edinburgh University (21 Oct 12)
  • ISSN (13 Oct 12)
  • Liverpool University (19 Oct 12)
  • Manchester University (05 Oct 12)
  • Newcastle University (18 Oct 12)
  • Royal College of Music (17 Oct 12)
  • Southampton University (21 Oct 12)
  • Swansea University (15 Oct 12)
  • University of the West of England (UWE) (23 Oct 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.
 October 26, 2012  Posted by at 2:33 pm Updates No Responses »