Presented at NASIG's 24th Annual Conference in Asheville, NC, June 6, 2009.


Many librarians are hoping that the ONIX for Serials XML formats, particularly Serials Online Holdings (SOH) and Serials Release Notification (SRN), will enable automated tracking of online serial issue availability. Pilot versions were being tested and tweaked even as this proposal was being written, but librarians have not just been sitting idle waiting for automation to arrive, hoping that our users are able to access the content for which we have paid. This program will share survey results about what some libraries are doing to check online availability; offer some insight into the potential with the ONIX for Serials standards; and propose what might need to be done to bring the potential to reality.