Big Heads adopted new membership rules. Virginia and Penn State have been added and Northwestern has been dropped.
A poll of single vs. multiple records for versions was undertaken: 17 use single records for serials in multiple formats, 14 use multiple records for monographs in multiple formats. Many of the responses were understandably related to the efficacy of various local systems in handling displays. MARBI has looked at ways to handle separate records and the conflated displays which are generally accepted as advantageous for the user. No conflation miracle has yet been implemented though it was generally agreed that multiple records are best in the utilities since the single-record approach reflects a library’s particular holdings in various formats. One library mentioned that it has six ways to get to a particular e-journal. It was mentioned that it might be time to look again at the three-level model which was rejected by the Airlie House conference on multiple versions. One of the BIBCONTROL groups looked at system architecture, including possible methods for post-cataloging conflation of the display for a particular work.
Tim Jewell of the University of Washington reported on his work on licenses for electronic resources. Several databases are being used by various libraries to track licenses. Some of the data collected for licensing purposes may be helpful in cataloging and in determination of the appropriate place(s) to provide access to a resource (opac vs. subject web page).