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Re: Other Check-in Considerations Cynthia Hsieh 12 Aug 2004 18:53 UTC

One reason why we are looking into the possibility to discontinue
periodical check-in is our new system.  Our new system makes creating
prediction patterns and checking in more time consuming.

Before the time of automatic serials  modules, we librarians thought
automation would make our work much easier.  However, some of the
automatic serials modules in the market actually make certain aspects of
our work more time consuming and more complicated.

Instead of demanding ILS vendors to enhance their products, we
sometimes discontinue our services to accommodate the technology.  It
makes me wonder who is really in charge?  Technology or Librarians?

Cynthia Hsieh
Head of Technical Services/Assistant Professor
University Library
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95211
Tel: 209-946-2571

>>> Deej Baker <> 8/12/2004 9:03:38 AM >>>

We would very much like to do this but our catalog system Sirsi makes it
impossible. You have to know the name of the library location for each
title BEFORE you check it in, this is rather difficult with so many of the
science titles that we receive and we have 12 libraries. Please don't stop
putting the barcodes on the covers maybe some day our catalog program will
catch up.

Deej Baker                      voice:  434-924-4958
Cataloging/Periodicals          fax:  434-982-4579
P.O. BOX 400151
Alderman Library
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA  22904-4151

--On Thursday, August 12, 2004 11:22 AM -0400 Bill Cohen

> Relating to the note below about using a work-study student
> for serials check-in's:   the new book Introduction to Serials Work
> for Library Technicians (Haworth Press, 2004) is just off-press this week.
> In addition:   does anyone know what % of libraries use bar code
> scanning for serials check-in work?    Haworth's journals are
> all bar-coded for swiping a "wand" over the backcover.    Is
> bar-code swiping not very common in libraries?
> With kind regards,
> Bill Cohen, Publisher
> The Haworth Press, Inc.
> In a message dated 8/12/04 10:33:24 AM, kovelesk@SETONHILL.EDU
>> I hesitated to add anything to this discussion, but I have seen nothing
>> about the questions of accreditation.  The last time we were reviewed - just
>> a  year ago - the team member visiting the library asked me what was the one
>> thing that I would like to tell the rest of the team.  By the way, he was a
>> librarian.  I told him that they should give us more credit for electronic
>> access  to journals instead of focusing on the size of the print
>> collection.  He  agreed and then when the team report that was one of the
>> things that they  criticized, that our print collection was too small.  So
>> until that scenario  changes, which I hope will be soon, we will still be
>> carefully maintaining our print  collection.
>> Also, in regard to time spent on check-in, I wondered why a librarian or
>> other staff member is handling all of this?  With our automated system, this
>> is  something I train a work-study student to do.  Then I only have to deal
>> with  the exceptions and problems.  Seems pretty efficient to me.
>> Judith A. Koveleskie
>> Periodicals Librarian
>> Seton Hill University
>> Reeves Memorial Library
>> Greensburg, PA 15601
>> 724-838-7828
> Bill Cohen, Publisher
> The Haworth Press, Inc.
> 10 Alice Street
> Binghamton, New York 13904
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