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Re: Microfiche Subscriptions (David Goodman) Marcia Tuttle 22 Feb 2002 20:30 UTC

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Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 20:31:58 -0500
From: David Goodman <dgoodman@PHOENIX.PRINCETON.EDU>
Subject: Re: Microfiche Subscriptions (Joyce Radcliff)

No research university library should weed J-stor titles as a matter of
course; the original format of most of them remains of importance for many
kinds of scholarship. If the library has adequate remote storage
facilities, this may sometimes be a reasonable option for many of the

A library that does not consider itself as maintaining a permanent
research collection in a subject area covered by J-Stor could in my opinion
safely rely on J-stor for the titles it covers. Where each library stands
on this spectrum it must determine for itself. Many libraries I know of
have been in my opinion too conservative, and some too radical.

But this applies only to archival repositories with the permanence and
institutional support of J-stor. Some scholarly publications outside of
that system are also at that point, or nearly so. Essentially all popular
periodicals are very definitely not. For titles such as the ones you
mention, much as users hate
microformat, it is probably the best option for the time being.

(It is, incidentally , the present policy at Princeton to hold all J-stor
titles in the main collection, at least until further usage data becomes

David Goodman,
Research Librarian and
Biological Sciences Bibliographer
 Princeton University  Library 609-258-77855

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> Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 21:27:23 -0600
> From: "Radcliff, Joyce" <JRadcliff@TNSTATE.EDU>
> Subject: Microfiche Subscriptions
> Dear Colleagues,
> Space is one of our major problems at our university as are most and we've
> been weeding and considering purchasing microfiche for news type magazines
> such as Newsweek, Time, U.S. New, etc. since they require so much space.
> Do any of you weed journals that are duplicated in databases such as JSTOR?
> Lastly, is there a database that has the news magazines?  You may answer on
> Listserv or to me directly.    I'm fairly new in Serials and need to hear
> from others as to how they are handling their space problem.
> Joyce
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> Joyce B. Radcliff
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