(Aleph Workflow-Information Resources Management)
(Working Draft, 3/15/10)
In Aleph, the holdings statement for serials and periodicals is recorded in the 866 field. Previously, UMass holdings statements did not include enumeration captions and used brackets to indicate incomplete volumes. We are now trying to convert these holdings statements into a more standard format using enumeration captions and inserting incomplete gaps, which we believe will be easier for patrons to understand, and to conform to ANSI/NISO practice, which may be more easily transferred to/and understood by, other systems.
All holdings statements with updated formats should include the indicators 41 in the 866 field. The first indicator “4” indicates Holdings Level 4, which includes 2nd level enumeration details. The second indicator “1” specifies that the holdings statement is ANSI Z39.44 or ANSI/NISO Z39.57.
NOTE: For non-English language serials and periodicals, UMass practice is to use “v.” and “no.” for designations such as tome and fascicle, though for monographs, we use the abbreviations for the foreign terms. Otherwise, we try to follow the enumeration and chronology designations present on the piece.
Enumerations used in holdings statements include:
When 2nd level enumeration must be entered, for example, to indicate a gap, a colon is used:
The series designation, followed by a colon, will precede the volumes included in that series. It need only be entered once before the volumes it pertains to, even when gaps are present.
The preferred practice is not to capitalize the first letter of enumeration captions, and not to include a space after the period.
Add year when present on the piece as a cover date, versus publication date. The full form of the year is used, entered in parentheses. For combined years, both years are entered with a slash.
For a publication which uses both numbers and months as 2nd-level enumeration, numbers are preferred. However, some periodicals use only months. Although we enter months more frequently in our item descriptions, sometimes we need to add them into a holdings statement, for example in the following cases:
UMass enters months by their first three letters only. Exception: For Depository materials, use June, July, and Sept, per Five College Policy agreement.
End the string with a dash, indicating that more are coming.
When we do not hold the last volume of a publication, for example when the library cancels a title which is still being published as far as we know, we remove the dash and add nothing after the holding string.
When we do hold the last volume of a publication, either in the case of a title change or a cessation, we add a double slash after the holding string. (NOTE: WIKI will not support illustration of double slash) This is a local UMass practice not standard in ANSI/NISO notation.
Gaps are indicated by a comma.
Previous practice: We indicated incompletes by placing brackets around the incomplete vol./year, or year, and adding a field (952$x in Aleph) recording what the library holds for each incomplete volume.
Current practice: As time allows, we are converting these holdings to a format more consistent with ANSI/NISO practice, by:
> 866__ $a26 (1992)-[29 (1995)]-33 > 952__ $xIncomplete volumes: 29:1-6, 8-12
> 86641 $av.26 (1992)-v.29:no.6 (1995), v.29:no.8 (1995)-v.33 (1999)
> 866__ $a1985--1995 > 952__ $xIncomplete volumes: 1990:1-2,4-7,10-12
> 86641 $a1985-1990:no.2, 1990:no.4-7, 1990:no.10-1995//
Use a semicolon to indicate a change in a publication's numbering system, when no issues are missing where the change occurs.
NOTE: Comma overrides semicolon. If a gap exists at the point where a change occurs, use a comma (for example, if no.155-156 are missing):
Last volume published only covers part of the year; no title change:
There is no need to enter v.77:no.8 (1998:Aug) because v.77:no.9+ was never published., although the bib. record will cite the last volume this way in the 362 field.
An entire number in the enumeration sequence was never published:
Do not indicate this “gap” with a comma. A semicolon may be used to indicate such a gap (especially if large or strange) although it is also permissible, per longstanding UMass policy, to not indicate such a gap. For clarity (see above), a note may be entered into the 952$z public note field, mentioning the missing volume.
Occasionally, years, months and days are needed in the holding string:
If a title contains supplements, indicated in the item description as “Suppl.” (bound alone) or ”+Suppl.” bound with a regular issue, UMass policy has been to enter the following note in the public note field (952$z):
Supplements accompany some vols.
Very occasionally, we may consider it beneficial to mention a specific supplement in the HOL. Enter this supplement in an 867 field with indicators 41:
Per UMass policy, we record any indexes covering five years or more in the HOL record. Enter the index in an 868 field with indicators 41:
There is no need to add the words “Supplement” or “Index” since the system automatically supplies these(in bold) in the public (OPAC) view.
In many cases, the item descriptions used when linking the items will differ from the holdings syntax:
|Holdings Syntax||Item Description|
|v.49 (1955/1956)||v.49 1955-56|
|new ser.:v.30 (1982)||n.s. v.30 1982|
|ser.2:no.108 (1977)||Ser.2 no.108 1977|
|v.56:no.1 (1964), v.56:no.3-4 (1964)||v.56 1964 Inc.|
In the last example, a LACKS or HAS note should be entered in the Internal Note field of the Item.