Mail delivery to libraries (Was: Mis-addressing of labels) (Jennifer van Sickle) SERIALST 18 Jun 2002 21:13 UTC
From: van Sickle, Jennifer
Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2002
Subject: mail delivery to libraries
In reference to Mr. Henderson's comments below:
I have observed that when in doubt, our campus mail staff generally give
'mystery mail' to the library. We get more mail than any department on
campus except for admissions. If in doubt, it ends up here for us to
figure out and re-direct. We've even had to re-direct mail intended for
other libraries or individuals.
Our campus was established well before the automobile era. As far as USPS
deliveries go, the building that houses the campus mail room is easily
accessible from the street; the library and most departments on campus are
not, especially now that the library is under construction/renovation. It
makes far more sense for us to have a central mail room rather than for
the USPS to navigate between each and every department on campus.
Since we are a small institution, we do not have the multiple library
mailing label problem mentioned by Carol Feustel, but I do take issue with
short windows of opportunity for claiming. We have about 2200
subscriptions in print, and it is generally not possible for us to claim
within 6 months. It is especially unfair for publishers who routinely
publish behind schedule, but still expect us to claim within 6 months!
Jennifer van Sickle
Serials Librarian/Science Bibliographer
Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford, CT 06106
phone: (860) 297-2250
fax: (860) 297-2251
> On Mon Jun 17 2002 Albert Henderson chessNIC@COMPUSERVE.COM wrote:
> Moreover, I have seen too many instances of higher
> education institutions running library mail through
> their central mailroom, where it can easily be
> misdirected. There is no reason why the post office
> cannot deliver all mail directly to the library.
> All any library needs is a street address or PO box.