"We tried [to track journals] in-house, using existing staff and technology, to monitor the number of databases and titles," he recalls. "It was an enormous project. We never really felt we did it at the level of accuracy we wanted and couldn't keep it up." John Ganly, then assistant director for collections at New York Public Library's Science, Industry, and Business Library, Library Journal (2001).
It’s no longer 2001, but much has remained the same for libraries as they confront an ever changing landscape of data and information pertaining to their electronic collections. Yvette Diven, Sr. Product Manager at ProQuest, points out in her recently published Serials Review article “Communities of Knowledge: Creating and Connecting Resource Metadata,” that this ongoing challenge motivates some libraries and consortia to create community-curated knowledge bases in an attempt to make their content manageable and discoverable. Read the article.