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Inventorying a journal collection, time involved Andrew Shroyer 26 Jul 2001 20:39 UTC

Dear Serialists,

Our library has devised a new holdings pattern for our online displays,
and, while implementing, we have been attempting to verify holdings (in
effect, inventorying the collection).  A library assistant, working
half-time over nearly 5 months, has completed the reformatting and
verification of holdings for 700 titles.  This is about 15% completion, as
we have about 4,500 titles to be treated (out of a total journal
collection of 7,700, if anyone is curious).  I don't know if the pace will
pick up as time goes on--but this is looking quite possibly like a
years-long project...

My question is:  who has had experience inventoring a small to medium
journals collection, and how long did it take?  Any stories you have may
be useful.  Please send replies directly to me.

Thanks much.

Andrew Shroyer
Serials Specialist
JFK Memorial Library, CSLA
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 343-3975