A special project will be developed by a department head or supervisor of a unit in conjunction with the staff member who has completed the necessary prerequisite courses. The project will have a tangible result of direct benefit to a department, unit or group of users and may require work over an extended period of time involving weeks or even months. Special projects may be completed in reference, technical services, systems and access services.
Some examples of Special Projects:
1) The ISSN is an important access point, utilized both by users searching the catalog and by link resolvers attempting to "hook-to-holdings" in the catalog. Provide the Spec. Tech. I with a title list of all journals in a package (e.g., ScienceDirect) and search OCLC for alternate or corrected ISSNs for each title, adding the fields to the MARC records as needed.
2) A patron with an article citation often has only a journal abbreviation and not the title proper. ILL staff are also faced with this lack of information. Provide the Spec. Tech. I with a title list of all journals in a package (e.g., SpringerLink) and search for alternate journal abbreviations for each title, adding the fields to the MARC records as needed.
3) Some journals, particularly association publications, are encumbered with licenses which disallow off-campus access. However over the past few years many associations have relaxed these restrictions and now allow off-campus access. Provide a Spec. Tech. I with a list of titles we have coded as on-campus access only and have them research each association/title to determine current access restrictions.