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The purpose of the CONSER Funnel Pilot Project is to determine the feasibility of a permanent Alliance CONSER funnel.

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Review: The CONSER Funnel will be evaluated in FY2016 by the Technical Services Working Group. Stay tuned for updates about the pilot program.


The pilot project focuses on edits to continuing resources records that affect access and/or are vital for identification of resources owned by Cohort 1 and 2 Alliance libraries lacking the necessary authorization to edit the records themselves.  The requesting library is responsible for all creation and editing of records for which they have the necessary level of OCLC authentication.

June 2015: Libraries in Cohorts 3 and 4 may also submit records. Funnel participants will complete as time allows based on current volume of requests.


The decision to undertake the project at this time was a direct result of the Alliance move to a shared ILS and complications arising from the way catalog records are imported into that system.  That, combined with an absolute policy restricting editing of CONSER records to established CONSER institutions, means that the only way to guarantee a library's edits of CONSER records will remain in the Alliance catalog record is to have those edits performed in OCLC itself by a CONSER library. 

The nature of serials is such that it is inevitable that non-CONSER libraries will need to edit CONSER records.  A CONSER funnel is one possible way of dealing with this situation.

Funnel Participants

Participating CONSER institutions:
  • Portland State University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Portland
Who may submit catalog maintenance requests:  
  • Cohort 1, non-CONSER institutions
  • Cohort 2, non-CONSER institutions
  • Cohort 3, non-CONSER institutions (as volume permits)
  • Cohort 4, non-CONSER institutions (as volume permits)
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If you have questions, please contact alliance.conser@gmail.com