Blackwell to Wiley platform in July

Maintenance projects appear all the time. Here’s one now, in the form of an email from Wiley-Blackwell:

“As of July 1, 2008, all Blackwell journal content… will be hosted on Wiley InterScience.” Fortunately, Synergy links will redirect patrons to Wiley, but the goal will be to update our records with Wiley links. The A-to-Z administrator makes this fairly easy (and impact our MARC records), but I worry about that downtime between July 1 and EBSCO providing new links. It’ll need to be a package, I suppose: turn off Blackwell Synergy and turn on Wiley InterScience.

Now would be the time to clean up our A-to-Z list: our Blackwell access points aren’t uniform. We have four Blackwell options in our index, and two of them only have one title each. The other two have 114 and 424 titles respectively. I suppose these are actually reflecting one, perhaps two, packages and can be consolidated. I suspect that EBSCO’s title lists aren’t up to date, which means I might have to investigate and ask EBSCO to update the Title Wizard records with new links.

It’s hard to carve out time to work on this, and there are a lot of more pressing issues to handle. However, this might become more complicated once the content switches platforms. I’ll look into it.

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