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Re: JSTOR moving wall/to bind or not to bind Susan Zappen 04 Mar 2004 15:22 UTC

We do not bind any of our titles that are part of JSTOR. We shelve the
unbound issues that are no longer "current periodicals" with our bound
journals. We place a florescent green label on the cover of each of those
issues stating, Shelve with Bound Periodicals, so that our student workers
shelve issues in the correct area. Periodically (no pun intended) after the
the moving wall has changed, we withdraw those issues from bound periodicals.

At 03:19 PM 3/3/2004 -0600, you wrote:
>Hi all,
>You probably have addressed this issue before; if there is an archive that I
>may search to see responses, please feel free to direct me to it. And please
>feel free to respond to me directly, off-list.
>Our library subscribes to several JSTOR electronic collections. As you know,
>for many of the journals in these collections, there is a moving wall of two
>or more years (often four or more), during which current issues are
>embargoed. That is to say, there may be a gap of several years between when
>a journal is published and when it appears in JSTOR.
>Our library subscribes to a number of print journals as well, some of which
>eventually appear in JSTOR. Heretofore, we've been of mixed minds--in some
>cases, we automatically bind these journals, even when they appear in JSTOR
>later on; in other cases, we keep these titles in limited retention in our
>current periodicals area until they appear in JSTOR. We are inconsistent
>with this practice. In some cases, we have journals in current periodicals
>that are more than four years old; in other cases, we bind within a year or
>so of publication, regardless of when the title appears in JSTOR.
>Assuming that no one else is necessarily being consistent and assuming that
>when it comes to information, nothing much is consistent, anyway, I would be
>interested in hearing from other librarians who have dealt with or are
>dealing with this issue. In our present situation, we have left well enough
>alone for as long as we've been able to. However, due to space restrictions,
>we are moving many of our JSTOR titles to remote storage. I'm hesitant to
>have to revisit this project in five or ten years because we've bound a
>whole new set of journals to the stacks, which are now in JSTOR.
>If any of you have any guidelines or observations you would like to share, I
>would greatly appreciate hearing from you.
>Thank you.
>John Barnett
>John Barnett
>Head, Collection Development
>University of Texas at San Antonio Library
>6900 North Loop 1604 West
>San Antonio, Texas 78249-0671
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Susan H. Zappen
Associate College Librarian for Collections
Lucy Scribner Library
Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs NY 12866-1632

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