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South Asian Materials

The Center posted high production numbers this year in its cataloging. Cataloging the Center's South and Southeast Asian publications has been a priority. The coordinated effort of our Special Projects Librarian and our South and South East Asian materials cataloger has enabled the department to catalog 8,842 book and serial titles in the vernacular languages of those areas (in a total of 24 languages).

Other Recent Cataloging

From January 1 through June 15, 2005 the Center cataloged 55,926 items. This included:

  • 45,761 dissertations - for a total of over 381,109 dissertations cataloged in our OPAC and in WorldCat
  • 23 newspaper titles
  • 566 serial titles
  • 9,046 monographs

For the second consecutive year the Center contributed the higher number of original cataloging records to OCLC's WorldCat than any other organization: 63,549.

In addition, Technical Services created a five-year cataloging and processing plan for cataloging Center legacy materials and began the retrospective conversion of the Center's card catalog. Currently, the Center has approximately 925,000 records in its OPAC. The number of records has nearly doubled since 2001.

Records and Analytics for Microform Sets

Plant Taxonomic Literature - Analytics for this extensive microfiche collection have been completed and a total of 4,707 titles from the set cataloged.

Bibliothek der Frauenfrage in Deutschland is an ongoing project. Since Jan 2005, 2,769 titles were cataloged, which completes Lieferungen 1Ð10. Lieferung 11 will be begun this summer.

We began adding analytics for the microfilm sets, Three Centuries of French Drama (1600Ð1899) and Nazi Propaganda Literature. Other microform sets cataloged include:

Bibliographic Records Will Be Available to Members

Members who want to load Center records into their local catalogs will be able to obtain those records without charge. Preliminary work is underway and we expect the records to be available in Fall 2005. Melissa Trevvett can provide details.

Access News

Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan Turnaround Time

In fiscal year 2005 (which ended June 30) Center Access Services increased its one-day turnaround rate for OCLC loan and document delivery requests to 92 percent, an improvement over the excellent FY 2004 turnaround rate of 90 percent.

Direct Borrowing

From our experience, integration of the Center's collections with member collections is the best way to increase use of Center collections. By working with its members, the Center continues to expand opportunities for faculty and students to borrow Center materials directly. This spring the Center joined RAPID ILL, offering direct borrowing of serials to 20 members. Center records are now also in Prospector, the Colorado Unified Catalog.

Digital Delivery

The Center is moving to increase digital delivery of its collections, hoping to put in place by the end of 2009 the workflows and mechanisms necessary to provide access to all Center holdings in electronic form. The E-CRL report on this endeavor is available on the Center web site.

This year, to inform our planning, we are conducting analyses of the needs and behaviors of scholar-users of Center collections. A prospectus outlining specific procedures, costs, funding plans and timetables for implementing the new activities will be submitted to the Board in February 2006. E-CRL activities will augment and support, rather than replace, Center print and microform-based acquisition and preservation programs.

Print and Digital Archiving

Distributed Print Archiving

It is a struggle for major academic research libraries today to maintain important printed knowledge and heritage materials while facing mounting subscription and licensing costs for electronic resources. In many instances libraries are maintaining essentially the same content in both print and electronic forms. The Center and a number of other organizations have undertaken efforts to cooperatively archive and make available print materials. Eliminating unnecessary redundancy in holdings can enable libraries to reprogram resources into other areas, such as making available unique and valuable materials and providing additional services to their local constituencies.

Prompted by discussions at its 2003 IMLS-sponsored conference Preserving America's Print Resources (PAPR), the Center is now making information about some of those cooperative archiving projects available on its Web site.

The Center's JSTOR Print Archive

As of June 1, 2005, the Center had assembled 20,831 titles, or 74 percent of the JSTOR titles in its JSTOR archive. The Center continues to build this archive, and is now receiving regular receipts from the University of Arizona, Northwestern University, other Center members, and non-member libraries throughout the U.S.

Auditing and Certification of Digital Archives

As libraries and scholars rely increasingly upon the storage and delivery of research and heritage materials in digital form, the persistence of those materials has become a matter of vital importance. Rigorous auditing and certification of digital repository systems and organizations are necessary to ensure that valuable digital resources like electronic journals, news, and other scholarly content remain accessible and functional. In March the Center was awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop the processes and activities required to audit and certify digital archives. Reliable mechanisms for certification will enable universities, libraries, publishers, consortia, and others to protect their sizable investments in access to knowledge and heritage resources.

The 18-month project began May 1, 2005 and runs through October 2006.