For browsing recent news, it’s easier to see and read the current issue of a newsletter at the front of the binder, especially as the binders get full. This is similar to the practice of displaying magazines
with the current issue on top of a stack or face out with older magazines stacked below.
When you bind newsletters and magazines, you put them in chronological order because people are no longer looking for the most current material. They’re looking for a specific issue. Most people can easily put
January, February, March in order, but struggle a bit with reversed chronological order.
Virginia Kay Williams
Head Acquisitions Librarian
Texas State University
Currently, I am working on a project to catalog newsletters from various local organizations. Currently we collect these into binders using sleeves to file each issue. I’m perfectly fine with that.
My question though is should the newsletters be filed earliest to latest in each binder or latest to earliest. If I were binding these the issues would read front to back with the earliest issues at the front of the volume and that latest
issues at the back. Some of the ones I am pulling off our shelves has this reversed.
Is there a preferred or best practices way of doing this?
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