Gift subscriptions ERCELAA@CTRVAX.VANDERBILT.EDU 06 Feb 2003 19:42 UTC

6 messages:


From: "Susan E. Sturgeon" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 09:36:38 -0500
Subject: Re: Gift Subscriptions

Er created a "recreational reading" shelf and put them there.  What
happens after that, we couldn't care less.

On Thu, 6 Feb 2003 08:59:02
-0500 "Tuscano, Theresa" <ttuscano@URSINUS.EDU> wrote:

> Please excuse me if this topic has been covered before but I'm fairly new to
> the list; I became the periodicals assistant last fall after being in
> circulation for over 18 years.  I'd like to know what other people do about
> gift subscriptions that you receive from publishers.  We get a number of
> them including Spin, Vibe, Men's Health. The most recent addition is GQ.
> One magazine I contacted said we were getting the complementary subscription
> as part of their Waiting Room Subscription Service.  Do you check in and
> catalogue these titles or do you just put them out in a lounge or reading
> area for people to read?  Since I don't have any idea of how long we will be
> receiving these titles, I don't particularly want to go through the trouble
> of cataloguing them.  I'd appreciate hearing what others do with them.
> Thanks for your input.
> Theresa Tuscano
> Periodicals/Government Documents Assistant
> Myrin Library
> Ursinus College
> P. O. Box 1000
> Collegeville, PA 19426
> (610) 409-3607, ext. 2292
> mailto://

Susan Sturgeon
Serials Librarian
Salem State College Library
352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 542-6765

Salem State College


Date: Thu, 06 Feb 2003 09:50:51 -0500
From: Amy Wise <>
Subject: Re: Gift Subscriptions

Theresa, we just put them on a shelf near the lobby - when a new one comes
in, we just discard the old one. They're not cataloged.

Amy Wise


From: "Steve Black" <>
Subject: RE: Gift Subscriptions
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 10:19:59 -0500

We have a reading area with the current issues of the more popular
magazines.  Most are checked in, and shelved in the stacks when the next
issue arrives.  But we don't check the freebies in, nor do we have bib
records for them.  We just put them on the reading area display shelves, and
discard them when the next issue arrives.  Since there's no record in the
ILS, this relies on the memory and diligence of staff to make it work.

Steve Black
Reference, Instruction, and Serials Librarian
Neil Hellman Library
The College of Saint Rose
392 Western Ave.
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 458-5494


From: "Eddie Mc Laughlin RSHM" <>
Organization: Marymount College Tarrytown
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 10:19:34 -0500
Subject: Gift Subscriptions

  After pondering this question for many years I have finally hit on a solution that
works (at least for me).  I put a very large bright orange dot in the upper left
hand corner of each gift subscription and they are shelved in a separate section
of  serials.  They are not catalogued and as a new issue comes in I discard the
previous issue.  In this way they are available for reading but are not checked in
or catalogued.  I don't know about you but I am currently receiving 25+ copies of
GQ !!!!!  which I promptly consign to the open shelf in the post office.  They are
usually gone within an hour!  (Could have something to do with the fact that we
are an all-women's college!)  Hope this helps.
Sister St. Edward McLaughlin RSHM
Serials/Research Librarian
Gloria Gaines Memorial Library
Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY 10591-3796
Phone:  (914) 332-8311


Subject: RE:      Gift Subscriptions
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 09:01:56 -0600
From: "Skwor, Jeanette" <>

***We've had so much experience with these coming for a few months & then petering out, I've gotten really hard-nosed about them, and don't even think about cataloging them until they've been coming over a year.

***IME, it's been an Ebsco thing (although deeply buried in their enterprises, and most people are not aware of the connection) and claiming, etc. was a nightmare.  So we just stopped wasting time on them.    In early 2000, a rep was out, having us choose the freebies.  Of the 8 we selected, 3 came for several months and one, ESPN, is still arriving steadily (said with crossed fingers so as not to temp fate . . .)

***Our catalogers have better things to do.

Jeanette L. Skwor
Cofrin Library, Serials Dept.
University of WI - Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
(920) 465-2670


Date: Thu, 06 Feb 2003 12:33:21 -0600
Subject: Re: Gift Subscriptions

We have an area with miscellaneous uncatalogued publications
which we have not ordered.  Gift subscriptions go there.  Then if we
see people are trying to check these items out, I think about
ordering them.  Mostly we just keep the three most current issues
and throw out the older issues.
Janice Sayers

Grand Forks Public Library
2110 Library Circle
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone 701-772-8116   Fax 701-772-1379