IARLA endorses Working together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record

We’re very pleased to announce that the International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA) has endorsed Working together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record

IARLA is a coalition of five of the world’s prominent academic and research library organisations: Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Canadian Association of Research Libraries/ Association des Bibliothèques de Recherche du Canada (CARL/ABRC), Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche/Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER), and Research LibrariesUK (RLUK). The alliance formed in 2016 to collaboratively address the most pressing issues of scholarly research information management in the digital, networked age.

If you or your organisation wishes to endorse this statement please write to edina@ed.ac.uk.


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Recent improvements to SUNCAT

A recent release of SUNCAT includes two new features: My SUNCAT, and a serials holdings comparison service.


My SUNCAT allows users to sign in to SUNCAT and save searches to reuse at a later date,  save records and organise them into lists, and create custom groups of libraries and locations to use in searches.   To find out more please see our My SUNCAT Guide.

Serials Holdings Comparison service

We’re also pleased to announce that the holdings comparison service that SUNCAT offers to the UKRR has been extended to enable libraries to run their own serials holdings comparisons against the data held in SUNCAT.   This free tool allows libraries to compare holdings for serials across more than 100 UK academic and research libraries.  Libraries can discover which serials are rare or unique, which are widely held and which are marked for UKRR retention.  Analysis can be made at the national level or the local level by selecting particular libraries to include in the comparison.

The results can help libraries make decisions about:

  • Keeping older print serials or moving them into storage
  • Deselecting lower use print serials if commonly held
  • Collaborating with other libraries to ensure sustainable access to at least one copy of a serial
  • Cancelling or renewing current subscriptions depending on alternative access locally or via ILL.

To find out more about using the serials holdings comparison service, please see http://www.suncat.ac.uk/librarians/holdings-comparison-service.html.

The Cariniana Network joins the Keepers Registry

We are very pleased to welcome the Cariniana Network as the latest archiving organisation to join the Keepers Registry.

The Cariniana Network is a national distributed preservation network, funded by the Brazilian government, which provides long term preservation and access for Brazil’s open access scientific publications.   Its parent organisation is the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (IBICT), which was originally established by the Brazilian government in the 1950s, and plays a key role in promoting effective production, management and dissemination of information.

As the Keepers Registry’s twelfth Keeper, the Cariniana Network significantly extends the reach of the Keepers Registry, in particular greatly increasing the number of non-English language titles which the Keepers Registry is able to report on.

For more information about the Cariniana Network’s approach to archiving and contribution to the Keepers Registry see the Archiving Agencies section of the Keepers Registry.  Find out more about the Cariniana Network and IBICT on their website: http://cariniana.ibict.br/.


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PKP PLN joins the Keepers Registry

We are very pleased to welcome the Public Knowledge Project Private LOCKSS Network (PKP PLN) as the latest archiving organisation to join the Keepers Registry.

The Public Knowledge Project is a multi-university initiative based at Simon Fraser University developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing.   One of the services it has developed is a Private LOCKSS Network to digitally preserve OJS journals.   Currently in pilot phase with a small number of universities, once in full production mode the network will provide preservation services for any OJS journal that meets certain criteria.

Joining the Keepers Registry enables the PKP PLN to share information on the titles it is archiving, and brings  the number of Keepers currently contributing to the Registry to eleven.  We expect to start including metadata from the PKP PLN in the New Year.

For more information about the PKP PLN’s approach to archiving and contribution to the Keepers Registry see the Archiving Agencies section of the Keepers Registry.  Find out more about the PKP and the PLN on their website: https://pkp.sfu.ca/pkp-lockss/.


New Release of the Keepers Registry

We are pleased to announce the latest release of the Keepers Registry at http://thekeepers.org. This release adds significant new features that will help research library staff make local collection management decisions.

New Features Available in the Keepers Registry

Our new Member Services area provides access to our added-value features.  Once you’re registered you will find:

  • Our Title List Comparison service, enabling a user to discover the archival status for a list of serials:  identifying those that are being archived and those that are “at risk”.
  • The first version of our SRU and Z39.50 machine-to-machine interfaces.  This will be of value to other service providers who may wish to report Keepers Registry information in their interface.
  • Direct Linking to Records to support bookmarking and sharing of specific records.

Access to our Member Services is free. To learn more and try out a Title List Comparison of your own, please register now.

How the Keepers Registry helps libraries

The Title List Comparison service lets you upload a list of titles identified by ISSN and receive a report with information on “who is archiving what” and what is not being archived.

Information from the Title List Comparison was used by one university to assist with local library collection management decisions.  They told us about the benefits:

  1. Identifying which of our e-journal titles are archived. We were very quickly able to see which of our journal titles had some archiving activity reported.
  2. Lobbying publishers to engage with archiving agencies. Now that we can understand which titles and publishers are not being progressed, there is an opportunity to tell publishers that we think this is an important part of the subscription service.
  3. Discussing coverage with the agencies. Where we have specific local priorities, we are now better informed to initiate a discussion with archiving agencies to see how our priorities can be met.
  4. Disposing of print. We collaborate with other university libraries to dispose of print; knowing that the complete run of a title is preserved in electronic form provides reassurance that we are not depending solely on a single print copy.
  5. Discovery of other agencies. We have discovered other agencies that hadn’t previously been on our radar, and it has made us think about our relationship with other agencies and how we should be working with them.

We would like to hear how the Keepers Registry is helping your institution with collection management decisions. Please get in touch with feedback and suggestions for further improvements to edina@ed.ac.uk.


Changes to the Keepers Registry

The Keepers Registry has been upgraded.   The latest release contains a number of new features:

  • a Title List comparison service
  • SRU and Z39.50 machine-to-machine interfaces
  • direct linking to records

Register for the new Member Services area to find out more – it’s free, and only takes a few minutes.  If you have previously registered for our Preview service you can login using the same account.

We’ll be posting more information about the new features and how you might use them over the next few weeks.