May 27, 2022

Conference Presentation/Slides: “Impact of Loading Vendor E-Books Records on the Library Catalog and Initiatives to Improve Discovery”

The following slide deck was used during a presentation at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians (May 21-May 23 2017, Xavier University).


Impact of Loading Vendor E-Books Records on the Library Catalog and Initiatives to Improve Discovery


Sherab Chen, The Ohio State University – Main Campus


via Exhibit (Xavier University Repository)


The Ohio State University Libraries, like many other research libraries, have a larger portion of new e-book cataloging done in form of batch loading vendor provided MARC records to the library catalog on a regular base, which include both MARC records we get as a deal from individual vendors and that shared in consortia (OhioLINK). Meanwhile we still maintain a steady flow of on-spot cataloging such as those needed for Demand Driven Acquisition. The speaker will first present the challenges of loading vendor records to the catalog, especially the dilemma of not having holdings set on OCLC, and its impact on e-book retrieval on catalog and discovery layer. He will introduce some possible solutions including batch update holdings on WorldCat and the effect of re-designing of library website and discovery tools. The speaker would like to stir up a discussion on non-conventional ideas for improving library e-books discovery, such as moving from structured records to semantic web (Bibframe and Linked data), initiatives being conducted by librarians at the Collection Description and Access Department of OSU Libraries right now.

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