Re: Arrangement of current periodicals -- Susan Andrews Stephen Clark 11 Sep 2002 12:33 UTC

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Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 18:26:19 -0500
From: Susan Andrews <>
Subject: Re: Arrangement of current periodicals -- Jeanette Skwor

 >In some defense of the people who came before you, some of that
 >arrangement may have to do with old cataloging rules.  We file by title
 >here, but when the vast majority of the titles were cataloged,  the rule
 >where generic titles had the association as the author was going strong
 >(as opposed to uniform titles now) which means that we file Journal of
 >Association of Computing Machinery the way it was originally cataloged -
 >Association for Computing Machinery. Journal.  It would take major
 >relabelling and re-shelving to fix this, so many things are, indeed,
 >under the association, even though that is no longer the cataloging
 >practice (and most of those titles have been recataloged since).

I have to admit that shelving by call number (our periodicals do not have
call numbers assigned) looks more attractive when you consider the waffling
back and forth of cataloging rules.  (But that would still be a major
labelling and re-shelving project here.)

Both ways have pros and cons.  In the long run, you have to decide what
will work best for your patrons, as well as your manpower and the amount of
money you have to spare for a major change.

Good luck,

Susan Andrews

 >-------- Original Message --------
 >Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 08:50:06 -0400
 >From: barbara <>
 >Subject: Arrangement of current periodicals
 >My predecessor arranged the current periodicals by grouping serials
 >according to professional association rather than alphabetically. For
 >example, all of the ACM publications are shelved together followed by
 >the AMS journals. This creates problems for individuals not familiar
 >with our shelving scheme.
 >I am wondering how other libraries are displaying current periodicals,
 >alphabetically, LC classification or another scheme.
 >Thank you in advance for your input.
 >Barbara Blummer
 >Center for Computing Sciences

Susan Andrews
Head, Serials Librarian
Texas A&M University-Commerce
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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