Binding: Holdings Merger for Returned Volumes

Purpose: To establish a formatted pattern for bound journals to enable the automatic merger of holdings as new bound volumes are received and checked in.

Note: This retrospective project ca. 2005 was necessary for legacy subscriptions migrating from ascii to Millennium.  Occasionally titles with long frequency cycles require these steps today.  3/13/09

A. Define holdings pattern

  • Open MilSer and select “Check In Bound” module
  • Open desired check in record
  • Toggle to Holdings tab
  • From “Tools” menu select Pattern Menu –> Define Pattern
    • Levels of enumeration
    • Levels of chronology
    • Uncheck “display caption” box
  • Submit

Edit Caption Dialog Box

B. Manually merge all sequential holdings in structured template

  • Toggle to the checkin CARD tab
  • Click the Check In Bound button (boxes for bound issues will disappear from display)
  • FIRST title in a given session will result in following dialog box.  Check radio buttons and 1 copy as indicated below:

Bindery Append Volume dialog box

  • Click OK to accept parameters for the session
  • Next dialog box will show holdings to be added to existing statement with the new holdings highlighted
  • In the “Selected Range” section, replace the volume and date boxes on LEFT to cover previous holdings.  Note: Start with beginning of most recent unbroken holdings in print sequence.
  • Optional – Select “Advanced Holdings” button if looking to change wording of caption (eg. “no.” instead of “v.”  Highlight the pattern (853) field.  In resulting window below type your changes.
  • Apply changes
  • Submit

C. Delete unformatted previous holdings

  • Toggle to checkin RECORD tab
  • Look for unformatted holdings field (no MARC tag present) and delete all but the location pre-stamp (eg. PER. STACKS) Note:If there is a break in the holdings, only delete the most recent run as this is now formatted above and will now be ready for automatic merger of holdings the NEXT time bound volumes are checked in.
  • Toggle back to holdings tab to check that display is correct
  • Close and save record.

D. Subsequent check in of bound volumes should only require the following:

  • Open Check In Bound module in Mil Ser
  • Open checkin for a specific title
  • Toggle to “Holdings” tab
  • Click “Merge with Previous”
  • Apply changes.
  • Save and close record.


Titles we have tested the process on:

  • EContent (sample with split holdings AND 2 levels of enumeration
  • Educational evaluation and policy analysis (straightforward example)
  • Educational and psychological measurement (requires “p.” caption display)
  • Moyen Age (example with break in holdings)
  • Recherches Sociographiques (straightforward example)
  • Svobodnaia (required swap from “v.” caption to “no.” caption)

Further examples (November 2004):

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics (been through full cycle)
  • Economic review (a quarterly)
  • Canadian journal of economics (gaps in holdings example)
  • Harvard business review (a monthly in multiple formats example)


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