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FW: [LIS-E-RESOURCES] Knovel e-book records

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Brian Green <[log in to unmask]>

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An informal open list set up by the UK Serials Group <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 7 Apr 2009 12:02:08 +0100

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We shall contact OCLC about this but if any subscribers find this sort of
abuse of the ISBN system, please let us know at the International ISBN
Agency ([log in to unmask]) so that we or our national agencies can
follow up and try to educate the publishers concerned.

Thanks.  Brian Green

International ISBN Agency

-----Original Message-----
From: An informal open list set up by the UK Serials Group
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lee, Erica
Sent: 07 April 2009 10:12
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [LIS-E-RESOURCES] Knovel e-book records

Hello
I've just tried to import a package of Knovel e-book records into our
catalogue which were sent to me from OCLC and have come across a
problem.  Basically, it looks like about 100 of the records have the
same ISBNs as eachother even though they're completely different titles.
This has caused havoc in our catalogue and I've now had to take all the
records out again.  When I contacted OCLC about this, I got the
following reply:

"Unfortunately, I have seen this situation before. It's not uncommon for
publishers to use the same ISBNs for more than one title. I have seen
the same ISBN used by a publisher for multiple titles; and, as in this
case, the same ISBN is being used by two different publishers. ISBNs
aren't as unique as we would like for them to be.

I'm sorry that havoc ensued and it's unfortunate that this situation of
ISBNs being re-used exists. I tend to avoid ISBNs as a unique match
point because of this situation."

So my questions are, has anyone come across this same issue and if yes,
have you found any easy solutions to it?

Thanks
Erica

Erica Lee
Information Resources Specialist

Library and Information Services.
Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

0121 204 4501.
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