Archive for October, 2010

GIST Gift and Deselection Manager Update

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

If you have already installed version then you will be offered the option to download the update the next time you launch GDM. If you have a prior version, you will need to download the update. Otherwise, please use the full installer.


  • Added Code Signing Certification to the GDM software.
  • Added links for Better World Books and Hathi Trust so users can learn about the respective services.
  • BWB field will now show acceptible ISBNs if not all ISBNs in the list will be accepted by BWB
  • If the OCLC# search fields are blank in the configuration, only ISBNs will be searched in the local catalog.
  • Small changes in the layout of the main GDM form.
  • For items listed in the Collection Tab, double clicking or right click and choosing Reload Data will reprocess the data APIs as if you had just searched for the OCLC number.

Bug Fixes:

  • Cleaned up GDM search query for Better World Books API.
  • Added additional error checking for z39.50 local catalog search.
  • Fixed error in the z39.50 search where having a user name but a blank password would cause the search to fail.
  • Fixed Uniqueness and Collecting Level for Conspectus so that Null values cannot be entered.
  • Fixed error with Connexion client not logging in properly and not searching properly if already logged in.
  • Removed second delete confirmation for item delete in the Collection/Donation Tab.

Additional Information:
For help on Configuring your catalog links, please look at OCLC’s Deep Linking Document:

Using GIST for more than gifts & deselection

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

GIST is such a powerful tool for weeding and gift processing. Some of the same features of the Gift & Deselection Manager that streamline these workflows (local/group/state holdings, Better World Books decision, and Google Books/Hathi full text, among others) can also have other applications. Below are a couple of ideas for getting even more from the GIST GDM.

Becoming serial weeders: using the GDM on your JSTOR titles

In addition to running the GDM’s batch deselection tool on your monographs, you can also run ISSNs to evaluate your print serials. One example is a library in Ohio that ran the JSTOR titles through the GDM to evaluate whether or not they needed to preserve any of their print holdings. This example is a great way to reduce the number of dusty, old, and unused print serials taking up valuable space in your library or storage facility. Because the GDM checks group and state holdings, you can make decisions based upon the holdings of your partners and nearby libraries.

Apart from JSTOR, you can similarly run other serials collections through the GDM for analysis. Give it a try and see how the GDM works for more than just books.

Determine what to digitize on demand

There are a great many pre-1923 titles just waiting to be brought into the public digital domain. Because the GDM provides you with Google Books and Hathi Trust full text availability, you can very quickly determine whether or not the books you’re evaluating have been digitized. If you have the means, you can then digitize the book yourself and make if available through the Internet Archive or similar repositories. Or if you are handling a large collection that has yet to be digitized, it may be worth exploring membership in Hathi Trust or seeing if you can partner with Google Books. All of these are great ways to ensure open access to your public domain works and contribute to the ongoing effort of digitally preserving these aging works.

Are we missing something?

Has your library utilized the GDM in a creative way? Or are you exploring different ways in which to implement it? Please share your comments, we’d love to learn new ways of using the GDM.