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Core problem:

Holdings data generally shows the broadest range of dates available to all customers, rather than just the titles and dates available to a single institution.

User impact:

Librarians must spend time customizing these lists to make them accurately reflect the holdings at their institutions. This provides a significant opportunity for the introduction of errors, which will then lead to individuals not accessing or using resources that a publisher offers.


Link resolver suppliers and content providers should work together to exchange library-specific holdings files, which would allow individual institutions to better manage data relative to their specific institution. Given the critical importance as well as the complexity of the customization issue, KBART intends to investigate it further during a later phase. Even if the provider cannot generate a separate file for each institution, it could still generate specific holdings files for popular subscription plans or content packages.