Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Updating Bib Records

Some organizations are digitizing large collections of older materials and making them available on-line. How, if at all, are we handling updating the records in our collections given this new level of access and information? For example the NASA ADS recently made available the full-text of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory special reports. Hundreds of them. It would be nice to let our patrons know they are now there. Maybe the abstracts and TOC information could be culled from the full-text to enrich our records. However, that would be a lot of work to do on a record by record basis. Another example, the USGS has digitized most of their older circulars, bulletins, professional papers and even open file reports. There must be thousands of these. How many of our catalogs reflect this?

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