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Re: criteria for weeding serials collection Carol Morse 13 May 2004 16:35 UTC

This sounds like a pretty comprehensive list. Thanks!
Carol Morse


Walla Walla College Library
Periodicals Dept.
104 S. College Ave.
College Place, WA  99324-1159

Carol Morse
Serials Librarian
509) 527-2684; fax 509) 527-2001

>>> SBeck@QCC.CUNY.EDU 5/13/2004 8:15:13 AM >>>
Here is a summary of the criteria suggested for weeding serials
The items are in no particular order.
1.       usage statistics
2.       currency of material
3.       physical condition of journals (age/bound/unbound)
4.       completeness of holdings- short runs are better candidates
5.       shelf space occupied vs. use of periodicals
6.       overlaps with microfilm
7.       support of the curriculum -is the subject still taught?
8.       availability of full text in databases
9.       stability of database (JSTOR & Project Muse vs. EBSCO)
10.   availability of title elsewhere
11.   whether the journal is indexed
12.   ILL requests
13.   faculty input
14.   best practices from subject specialist
15.   recommendations in Magazines for Libraries by Bill Katz for
16.   items for preservation/storage dated 1900 and previous
17.   historical value for research

Thanks to all of you who responded.

Sheila Beck
Serials Librarian
Queensborough  Community College