I just read a great article in Serials Review about cataloging e-journals. The author interviewed several librarians and summarized their experiences and innovations. She mentioned that one college “will be stripping out the 856 fields from their print records and linking patrons to their A-to-Z list, which will automatically conduct a search to take the patron to the desired title.”
I think that’s a fantastic idea. I still like the idea of having patrons shown all the online options in the catalog record, but this is a great alternative to monthly MARC updates and a solution to the issues surrounding single vs. multiple catalog records. Maybe I was wrong: we shouldn’t leave the A-to-Z list behind.
The Effects of E-journal Management Tools and Services on Serials Cataloging (subscription required)