SUNCAT can benefit librarians in a range of roles including:
One of the main aims of SUNCAT is to improve the quality of serials bibliographic records in library catalogues throughout the UK. The 2001 UKNUC study (PDF file - 721 kb) reported that the variable quality of serials bibliographic data was a major barrier to researchers finding serials held in the UK. SUNCAT already contains a large number of high quality records from CONSER and from contributing libraries. Libraries contributing their records to SUNCAT will be asked to review the quality of any of the unique serials records they supply so that in the long term SUNCAT will contain at least one good quality bibliographic record for every title on the catalogue. Contributing libraries can download records from SUNCAT so that serials data is improved in both SUNCAT and local library catalogues.
The SUNCAT Bibliographic Team in conjunction with the Bibliographic Quality Advisory Group devised two standards in respect to the serials records on SUNCAT. The standards are based on MARC however SUNCAT does accept serials records from non-MARC libraries.
The entry standard is a low level standard designed to allow as many libraries as possible to contribute their serials records to SUNCAT.
The upgrading standard is based on the CONSER minimum level standard and is the level to which contributing libraries will be asked to upgrade their unique records to