To improve the data consistency between SpringerLink and Springer MARC records Springer has been updating subject collection, language and copyright year data fields for eBooks (both SBA and contemporary collections) over the past month or so. This results in:
- changes of MARC records released on March 1st 2014 and
- the number of titles per subject collection on SpringerLink
-- Access --
Customers will NOT lose SpringerLink access to any titles because of any of these changes. However, the number of titles in each subject collection may be different than prior to this project. These changes are the results of subject collection and language assignment updates. As a result of these corrections, some customers will have access to additional content that they have not previously. All changes will be complete by 28 February.
-- Why is this project necessary? --
SpringerLink uses a different source of metadata from the downloader tool, which provides both Springer MARC records and eBook title lists. Over time, the different sources have resulted in discrepancies due to an outdated workflow that is being corrected. This project ensures that title lists and numbers match in both sources.
-- MARC Records --
The MARC records changes concern only language and copyright year and not subject collections (which determine eBook package) but please note that a language correction has in most cases a change of the eBook package as a result. The new and corrected records are available on the downloader on March 1st. OCLC will update their collection sets accordingly.
We recommend replacing existing records with the corrected MARC records in your library catalog. A list with corrected records is available below. This list only contains changes of MARC records, changes on SpringerLink that don’t affect the MARC records are excluded from the list.
-- SpringerLink --
Subject collection (= eBook package) corrections were made on SpringerLink to ensure that the data is consistent with the MARC records. This means that the eBook package information in the MARC record was already correct and we adjusted the data on SpringerLink only. The clean-ups of SpringerLink data have include copyright year and language changes too. The reason is that the MARC record and the titles lists from the MARC downloader were already correct but the information on SpringerLink was not. As a reminder, none of the changes described here result in lost access to any purchased content.
Questions about MARC records may be addressed to MARC@springer.com