Dec 132011
 

The latest SUNCAT Newsletter (Issue 9, December 2011) is now available. This issue includes information about:

  • New libraries on SUNCAT
  • Case studies highlighting SUNCAT’s impact
  • Tables of contents (ToCs) links on SUNCAT
  • SUNCAT Google app
  • SUNCAT’s involvement in Open/Linked data project work
  • SUNCAT’s cooperation with the UK Research Reserve (UKRR)
  • Expansion of the free MARC downloading service for SUNCAT Contributing Libraries
  • Details of the latest user satisfaction survey
  • How to integrate SUNCAT into your library website and services
  • Introductory videos

If you have questions about any of the items in the newsletter please contact us at edina@ed.ac.uk.

 December 13, 2011  Posted by at 10:22 am News Tagged with:  No Responses »
Nov 232011
 

Three case studies have been added to the SUNCAT website. These highlight the impact that SUNCAT has had on the work of three different organisations:

– UK Research Reserve (UKRR): SUNCAT used to identify duplication of journal holdings, so enabling libraries to free up space
– North West Libraries Interlending Partnership: SUNCAT used to locate journal articles, hence increasing the supply rates of inter-library loan requests
– Loughborough University Library: SUNCAT provides bibliographic data for upgrading journal records, therefore improving resource discovery

Please take a few minutes to read the studies and discover how you might use SUNCAT to improve or facilitate your services. If you have any questions about the case studies, or would be interested in creating one, please contact the EDINA helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk.

 November 23, 2011  Posted by at 12:03 pm News Tagged with:  No Responses »
Oct 262011
 

Last year we asked you about your use of SUNCAT. We thank all of you who responded to this survey, with the results having fed back into the service. 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.

 October 26, 2011  Posted by at 1:40 pm News Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Oct 132011
 

A short video is now available, in which Natasha Aburrow-Jones, SUNCAT Project Officer, describes SUNCAT. The video briefly covers what the service is, its coverage, functionality and features. Feel free to take a look and also point others to it who may not know about SUNCAT and the benefits of using the service. The video is also available on EDINA’s YouTube channel.

 October 13, 2011  Posted by at 12:39 pm News Tagged with:  No Responses »
Jun 272011
 

This is a notification of some scheduled downtime on the SUNCAT Z39.50 service on Thursday 30th June. This downtime will only affect Z39.50 access to SUNCAT, not the web OPAC.

We hope to switch from newcat.edina.ac.uk to z.suncat.ac.uk shortly before the downtime so you may want to change your Z39.50 configuration to point to z.suncat.ac.uk, ensuring continual Z39.50 access throughout the downtime.

Please check the SUNCAT blog on Thursday for confirmation and details of the change.

Please contact the EDINA helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk if you have any queries

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
 June 27, 2011  Posted by at 4:07 pm News Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Mar 312011
 

SUNCATwill be present at this year’s UKSG Conference, to be held in Harrogate from Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th April. Members of the SUNCAT team will be attending the seminars and other events throughout the three days. Please feel free to come along and talk to us at the Mimas/EDINA stand (stand number 32) at the Conference’s exhibition. In addition, Fred Guy, SUNCAT Project Manager, will be giving a presentation on the Piloting an E-Journals Preservation Registry Service (PEPRS) project as one of the Group A breakout sessions.

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
 March 31, 2011  Posted by at 3:43 pm News Tagged with:  No Responses »
Nov 122010
 

SUNCAT is presently carrying out a User Satisfaction Survey. We are very keen to find out your views on the service. The survey consists of 9 questions and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. We are constantly striving to make SUNCAT even better and so your feedback would be very much valued.

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
 November 12, 2010  Posted by at 12:09 pm News Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Mar 312010
 

SUNCAT will be present at this year’s UKSG Conference, to be held in Edinburgh from Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th April. Members of the SUNCAT team will be attending the seminars and other events throughout the three days. Please feel free to come along and talk to us at the EDINA stand (stand number 80) at the Conference’s exhibition.

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
 March 31, 2010  Posted by at 2:08 pm News Tagged with:  No Responses »
Feb 182010
 

SUNCAT provides a Z39.50 connection to high-quality CONSER and ISSN MARC21 records on SUNCAT, enabling our 70 Contributing Libraries to download these records to their local catalogues. This is especially useful when a library is embarking on a retrospective conversion programme. Information about the downloading facility is available on the SUNCAT website. Non Contributing Libraries are also able to consult the MARC records found in SUNCAT and can use these to aid their cataloguing. We are hoping to expand the download service, and are currently surveying our Contributing Libraries about the existing MARC21 records downloading service and how they would like to see this develop.

We now have more than 5 million bibliographic records in SUNCAT (both for print and electronic journals). Approximately 1.2 million CONSER records and 1.4 million ISSN records are available for download.

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 18, 2010  Posted by at 4:00 pm News Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Feb 112010
 

Two of SUNCAT’s Contributing Libraries are closed (or to be closed) for major refurbishment. The Royal Society’s Library and Archives are currently closed for renovation and will be re-launched in mid-2010 as the Royal Society Centre for the History of Science. As a result there is no access to its collections until at least June 2010.
Manchester Central Library will be closing in July 2010, due to re-open in 2013. The Central Library has to be completely emptied before work can begin and the stock (more than 22 miles of shelving) put into storage for the duration of the closure. The library will close in phases and the last department leaves the building by mid-June. An interim city centre library will be provided for the duration of the refurbishment period commencing Spring 2010. Stock from the Central Library will not be accessible during the closure period.

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 11, 2010  Posted by at 2:07 pm News Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »