Re: NOT the "Serials Crisis" -- Dan Lester Stephen Clark 26 Sep 2002 14:48 UTC
-------- Original Message -------- Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 08:17:42 -0600 From: Dan Lester <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: NOT the "Serials Crisis" Thursday, September 26, 2002, 6:26:34 AM, you wrote: SC> on Wed, 25 Sep 2002 Dan Lester <email@example.com> wrote: SC> > Thanks for the new ideas. I'm going to talk to some colleagues about SC> > ways we could measure our failures. I'd also appreciate suggestions SC> > from other list members who might have read this far. Perhaps that SC> > should be started as a new thread instead of as yet one more response SC> > on this one. Note that I started a new thread title. SC> You might like to read "The Library Collection SC> Failure Quotient" in Journal of Academic SC> Librarianship [26:159-170. 2000] I read it when it came out and had forgotten it, unfortunately. I just printed it again and will reread. Perhaps part of the problem is disagreeing with you on this being a "failure". The article conclusion begins "If the measure of library service is that patrons obtain what they seek when they seek it, the CFQ is indeed an indicator of failure." If I come in and seek the Gutenberg Bible and don't get it right away, is that a failure? If I come in and ask for a rare book published in 1775 and owned by only thirty libraries in the country, is that a failure? If I come in and ask for a copy of my English 101 textbook, and the library, by policy, doesn't purchase textbooks, is that a failure? Examples abound, of course. To put it in context of other parts of our lives, if I go into McDonalds and can't get a burger within three minutes, that's a failure. If I go into fine restaurant and can't get my entree in three minutes, that isn't a failure. In this day and age a great many of us, myself included, have high and often unrealistic expectations. As always, this is not an indication that libraries are adequately funded. They should receive much more funding, and we should continue to use whatever means possible to increase that funding. SC> While I love a good debate can we stop talking about the "Serials SC> Crisis" please? I'd like some other topics to get an airing on the list. The "Serials Crisis" isn't an appropriate topic for a list devoted to serials? I'm sure that any topics that anyone posts that relate in any way to serials will get approved by the moderators. After all, we just had a long thread on strange serials titles, that I'm sure some on the list must have considered frivolous or inappropriate (I'm not one of them; I thought it was fun) But, if it is any consolation, I can't think of much more that Albert and I could say on this topic. At least not much more that I could say. dan -- Dan Lester, Data Wrangler dan@RiverOfData.com 208-283-7711 3577 East Pecan, Boise, Idaho 83716-7115 USA www.riverofdata.com www.gailndan.com Stop Global Whining!