Serials Standing Committee
2006-2007 Annual Report
The Technical Services SIS Serials Committee was involved with several projects this year. A new Project Counter Subcommittee was formed and chaired by June Liptay. Project Counter (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) is an "international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of online usage data". (http://www.projectcounter.org, last viewed 07/05/07) The Project Counter Subcommittee is charged with encouraging legal and law-related vendors to be Counter-compliant. The subcommittee also will be involved in educating members about Project Counter and other statistics gathering models.
The Serials Committee's 2005/06 ABA Questionnaire Subcommittee supported the recommendation of changes to the American Bar Association's (ABA) annual Questionnaire, which were approved this year. New members of the ABA Questionnaire Subcommittee will focus on draft FAQs for the revised definitions and questions. Paula Tejeda also served as coordinator for the 2007 AALL program "What to Count, What to Report: the Revised ABA Annual Questionnaire". Program speakers included TS-SIS members Joe Hinger and Carol Nicholson.
Under the leadership of Bonnie Geldmacher, the 2006/07 serials exchange of duplicates took place in December 2006 and in June 2007. Forty-two libraries participated, which is a decrease of 6 libraries from last year. Of the 42 participating libraries, 37 submitted a list of duplicates to include in the exchange. The total number of issues offered in the fall was 9,649. The total number of issues offered in the spring was 12,003.
At the 2006 annual meeting in St. Louis, it was recommended that the exchange take place twice a year instead of once a year. In response, an exchange took place last fall. Participants responded positively, so the exchange will now take place semi-annually rather than annually. Further changes to the Serials Exchange of Duplicates remain under review.
The TS-SIS Serials Committee also participated in the development of educational program and workshop proposals for the 2008 AALL Annual Meeting.
Carol Nicholson, Chair
TS-SIS Serials Committee