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Outside the mainstream

Outside the mainstream



Oxford/BL/LSE Study Day

Oxford/BL/LSE Study Day



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  • Outside the mainstream (sourcing, selecting and acquiring difficult material) Graham Camfield, Paul Horsler
  • How do we select?
    • Each selector in Information Services has an area of responsibility
    • Assigned via language, geographic area or subject specialism (law)
    • Variety of selection tools
  • IGOs Law (English and foreign) EDC African (official & non-official) US official Russian and East European Dutch and Scandinavian English (official & non-official) Asian officials UK, Ireland official publications French, German, and Italian (official & non-official) English language UK Spanish / Portuguese (official & non-official) Latin America (official & non-official) Reference Collection English language (US) Grey literature (UK)
  • Customised orders
    • Responsible for an increasing number of our purchases (English language from US and UK; French, German, and Italian)
    • Based on subject profile given to vendor
    • Looking to expand where advantageous and practical
    • Do not cover official publications very well, if at all.
  • Standing Orders
    • Order for items that are part of a series
    • We take everything in that series
    • Handled by the Special Acquisitions Unit (SAU)
  • Firm orders
    • Orders for items outside of standing orders and approval plans
    • Selection made from traditional tools / sources and recommendations
  • Exchanges
    • Limited material still obtained via exchange agreement
    • Chiefly UN documents
  • Outside the mainstream
    • Other sections get involved
    • Special Acquisitions Unit (SAU)
    • Interlending and Document Delivery (IDD)
  • Special Acquisition Unit
    • Grey Literature
    • Official publications, e.g. census
    • Standing orders [official and non official]
    • Replacement items; lost/missing/damaged
    • Out of print books
    • AV material
  • Out of Print
    • Internet has made searching and sourcing easier, eg. Amazon, Abebooks
    • Alibris now main OP vendor
    • Alibris selects based on customised order parameters
    • Good for large replacement projects
    • They are supplied directly with titles we need for teaching from the reading list system
  • Standing orders
    • Number of standing orders with suppliers such as Dandy for British officials and IGO publications
    • Suppliers websites can help track progress, e.g Harrassowitz
    • Many gifts received become standing orders
  • Replacing official publications
    • Reliant on government organisations to retain print copies
    • Contact departments directly or try to obtain from website if available
    • URL not always stable, so will occasionally print and bind
  • AV material
    • Academics request AV material for lectures/reading lists
    • Can be off-air recordings or commercial
    • Not easy to replace but we use: BUFVC: Trilt, Moviemail, Frif.com (for documentaries), Insight media. May make a master copy in the future
    • May be possible in future for Centre for Learning Technology to stream these
  • If we cannot find it:
    • User can always use IDD service
    • SAU will continue to look for as can use wish list facility
    • SAU trace about 95% of OP and replacement items
  • Interlending and Document Delivery
    • Handle requests for material from LSE users
    • Supply other libraries with material from our collection in accordance with lending policy
    • Fulfil roughly 70% of requests for own users and 85% from other libraries
  • Initial Requests
    • Most difficult items come up at this point usually as a result of a poor reference
    • Use a number of sources - COPAC, M25. SUNCAT, KVK, Worldcat
  • External Requests
    • Not as many difficult ones in this category
    • Sometimes have to use sources mentioned to find items that are in our collection
  • Types of Difficult Material
    • US Government
    • United Nations
    • References from the Internet
    • Foreign language especially journals
  • US Government
    • Use WorldCat to locate SU doc numbers
    • Not always easy as have to play around with the titles
    • Need to check our own holdings before sending as not catalogued
  • United Nations
    • By far the hardest
    • Use the UN databases for finding document number
    • Mostly referred to the UN specialist if we do not know the document number
    • Most UN requests are for material missing from our deposit collection