print serials lists Steve Murden 07 Oct 2003 04:15 UTC

I continue to be amazed at how many libraries maintain
print lists of their serials.  I was the serials librarian at
Va. Commonwelath Univ. for 10 years (late 80s to late
90s), and we managed to jettison it at least 14 years ago,
as soon as we got our holdings in the catalog.

I wonder if those same libraries maintain print lists of their
monograph holdings.  Or their microforms.  Or their realia.
Or [fill in the blank].  We used the opportunity to educate
the public in using the online catalog effectively.  I always
think that to do otherwise does a great disservice to the
library's users and really underestimates their ability to
learn to use the catalog.

Steve Murden