Everything is barcoded, loose issues and the bound.
Our consortia has just created a task force to consider circulation journals, this is a very helpful discussion.
For those who circulate loose issues, are they barcoded?
What are the practices or experience of other library consortia in these areas?
Bethel University Library/Serials Dept.
3900 Bethel Drive St. Paul, MN 55112
Phone: 651-635-8544 Fax: 651-635-1979
We circulate the loose (Current) journals for 7 days.
The Bound (older archive) Journals circulation for 7 days as well.
We have no limit on the number that go out at one time.
We do allow renewals.
No protective coverings.
We have a lot fewer print journal than we did three years ago (when we changed from a 3 day circ. period)
This has not proved to be a problem either with missing issues or lack of access to the current journals.
The faculty like it as they do not have to speed read the journal.
We also allow faculty to checkout for three days (even Consumer Reports :-). I am not aware of any problems, and would agree the practice is minimal.
Jeanette L. Skwor
Serials Dept., Cofrin Library
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
Our demand for print circulating journals is now minimal, but we do allow faculty to borrow for 3 days. Faculty may also designate an official proxy (such as a TA student) to borrow on their behalf. If it’s an unbound issue, we would put a barcode on it prior to check-out.
One title that does not circulate to anyone is Consumer Reports. We keep the current year at the reference desk and have no plans to change this policy.
Hope this helps!
Jennifer L. van Sickle M.L.S.
Serials Librarian & Sciences Coordinator
Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford, CT USA 06106
From: Beth L S Wages (EWages@SF.EDU)
Subject: Circulating Journals
Date: 11/11/10 1:49 PM
At the request of several faculty members and students, my small academic library is considering changing our policy on circulating journals. Currently, we allow a 24-hour check-out with no renewals for faculty members only. I am researching what other institutions do with journals as we work to make our decision. Do you allow them to circulate and, if so, to whom? What is your loan period, and do you allow renewals? Do you have a lot of replacement costs from journals either not coming back or being damaged while out? Do you make use of protective coverings to help cut down on wear and tear? If you have bound journals, do you allow the entire books to circulate? Approximately how many journals are checked out at any one time?
Any information you can provide would be very helpful as we try to come to a decision.
Beth Shively Wages
Lee & Jim Vann Library
University of Saint Francis
2701 Spring Street
Fort Wayne, IN