We held a “Cataloguing with SUNCAT” webinar at the start of December with around 70 participants from a wide range of UK Higher Education, Further Education, government, NHS and specialist research institutions.
The webinar explained how data is handled in SUNCAT and how libraries benefit from it as a comprehensive source of quality bibliographic data, incorporating a free record downloading service. The session included information on:
- How easy it is to contribute to SUNCAT
- How data is sent to SUNCAT from our Contributing Libraries
- How we deal with standards, e.g. AACR2 & RDA
- What normalisation occurs and why
- How SUNCAT can make your cataloguing workflow more efficient
- Using the free MARC record downloading service
Questions covered bibliographic and holdings details around contributing data to SUNCAT; e-journal interlending; how records can be downloaded into local Library Management Systems; configuring the Z39.50 search results and how the Z39.50 downloading service might be improved.
More details about the webinar including the slides, Q&A and a recording of the session are available at http://www.suncat.ac.uk/news/presentations.html
PleaseÂ contact the EDINA helpdesk, email@example.com,Â if you have any questions about issues raised in the webinar.
We are very pleased that SUNCAT has just added its 100th Contributing Library, the National Archives. Reaching 100 Contributing Libraries is a landmark for SUNCAT highlighting it as the most comprehensive source of journal holding information in the UK. SUNCAT contains the holdings of all the UK legal deposit libraries:
- British Library
- National Library of Scotland
- National Library of Wales
- Trinity College, Dublin
- University of Cambridge
- University of Oxford
In addition, it has over 50 Higher Education Libraries from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, including all those of the Russell Group.
SUNCAT also has a range of specialist libraries covering a wide variety of disciplines including art; music; history; medicine; science; horticulture and the environment.
By incorporating information from all these libraries SUNCAT can help you uncover new or unique journals in a particular field, help you locate copies held closest to you or where you can apply for a copy of an article. The service can also highlight those journals which are widely held and more importantly where the one or two copies of more unusual titles are available.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our Contributors for working with us to keep SUNCAT as comprehensive, accurate and current as possible!
To find out more information and directions to all the locations of each of the 100 Contributing Libraries click on the library locations map.
We are not stopping at 100Â libraries and are keen to add more UK Higher Education, Specialist and Public Libraries, so if you are interested in contributing please see the earlier Contributing to SUNCAT is easy post.
For further information and news about SUNCAT please see our website, follow SUNCAT on Twitter (@suncatteam), or contact the EDINA helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNCAT contains the serials bibliographic and holdings information of 100 UK libraries and we are continuing to expand.
Our Contributing Libraries include:
- The British Library, National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, Trinity College Dublin
- A range of UK Higher Education institutions, including the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester, Imperial College London, University College London and the London School of EconomicsÂ & Political Science
- A range of specialist institutions, including the British FilmÂ Institute, the Institution of Engineering & Technology, the National Institute forÂ Medical Research, the Natural Environment Research CouncilÂ and the National Art Library
- One public library so far
We are always happy to hear from institutions interesting in contributing their serials information and would like to reassure you that the process is pretty simple. All we would ask you to do is:
- Fill in a questionnaire about your serials data
- Send us a file of your serials bibliographic and holdings records
- Send us regular (normally monthly) update files to keep the information on SUNCAT as current as possible
- Add some links to and information about SUNCAT to your website (and we have a leaflet with some suggestions)
More information is available on our website
Benefits of contributing to the service include:
If you are interested in contributing pleaseÂ get in touch withÂ us via the EDINA Helpdesk at email@example.com – you might become our 101st Contributing Library!