Serial Holdings Details Now Available in the Horizon Catalog

Faculty and students can now find detailed information for the Library's holdings of serials, periodicals, and other multi-volume titles in the Horizon online catalog. This information was transferred to Horizon from the Library's legacy LDMS system in November 1997. For the first time, the Horizon catalog provides an up-to-date inventory of older bound volumes as well as recently received unbound issues. Holdings display automatically as part of the full catalog record, and appear in all versions of the Horizon catalog: public workstations in the Library, the Web catalog, and the telnet interface.

Included are current receipts and retrospective holdings for all serials currently received by the Library, complete holdings for most inactive serials already in the catalog, and summary holding statements for multi-volume monographs. Online holdings records were created by Library staff over several years with support from the Horizon capital budget, a bequest from Margaret Reid, and the Library's general operating funds. Some inactive serials remain to be entered into the catalog, and these will be added--along with their holdings--as part of the Library's major project to convert the card catalog to online form.

Information for currently received periodicals is now updated continually and instantly. As soon as a volume or issue is received and recorded, it appears in the online catalog. (For example, see the Journal of Modern Greek Studies or the Dictionary of American Regional English.) In addition to providing expanded information in the catalog, the conversion of holdings and associated processing data supports a major milestone in the Library's efforts to increase efficiencies in technical processing. Among the anticipated improvements in this area is an enhanced ability for the Library to utilize electronic communications with its suppliers for faster ordering of materials, invoicing, and claiming of missing periodical issues.

For more information, contact Janet Fox, Systems Analyst, at j-fox@uchicago.edu or 702-8763.

Previous
Previous
Article

Next
Next
Article