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Re: How were holdings kept in the old days? Hufeld, Sheila 02 Jun 2004 15:53 UTC

All of our titles were cataloged and entered into our University mainframe
along with a sort code so that we could produce reports. We then produced a
multivolume print-out that listed our general periodicals holdings
alphabetically. We also maintained a card catalog shelf list. Serials
permanent holdings were annotated in the Central Serials Record catalog
(CSR). Both of these catalogs were situated in our Technical Services
Department.  Our Kardex was used to track receipts, claims and binding of
all of our journals, and was only available to Acquisitions staff. I fielded
a lot of phone calls from the floor staff in those days.

Sheila M. Hufeld
Bibliographic Services
Milner Library
Illinois State Univesity

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Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2004 10:19 AM
Subject: [SERIALST] How were holdings kept in the old days?

Back when libraries still had card catalogs, and even before word
processing, how were periodicals holdings lists kept? Were there annotations
on the cards in the catalog? Was the Kardex kept near reference? Some other


Steve Black
Reference, Serials, and Instruction Librarian
The College of Saint Rose
392 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203-1419