ER: History of Princeton's E-Journal Cat Practices
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Single-record approach

Brief history of e-journal cataloging practices at Princeton through 2003:

Prior to mid-1998:

 Access to e-journals was primarily through a Library web page maintained by selectors.  A very small handful of e-journals had catalog records as well.


 Catalog Division took over responsibility for maintaining the e-journal web page.

late 1998-early 1999:

 More e-journals began to be represented in the catalog.  Retrospectively scanned journals (e.g. JSTOR) had fields added to the print version records.  Currently published journals (e.g. Project Muse) received full separate cataloging.  Cataloging generally proceeded one project at a time.


 The single-record approach for e-journal cataloging was adopted.  A project was begun (and continued into 2000) to get all e-journals that were listed on the web page into the catalog as well.

Feb.-Apr. 2001:

 Holdings were added to all e-journal records.  At this time, any remaining separate records that could now be done via the single-record approach were deleted (or suppressed)  and redone according to the later practice.

Some specific coding/terminology changes:

early 1998:

 Leader codes for Type of Record redefined.  Previously, all electronic resources had been coded "m" = Computer File, but from this point on, are coded for their most significant aspect, so that most e-journals are coded "a" = Language Material.

July 2001:

 New fixed field code for Form of Item and Form of Original Item: "s" = Electronic

Dec. 2001:

 GMD "computer file" changed to "electronic resource"