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have you stopped print journals check-in and/or claiming? Kim Maxwell 04 Jan 2005 22:37 UTC

I'm interested in hearing from people who have stopped, or are considering
stopping, check-in and/or claiming for print journals.

We're looking into this at MIT, and I'd like to start a dialogue with
people who are in the same boat.  I know of a few places where it's been
done to a greater or lesser degree (I combed the SERIALST archives for that
thread of discussion we had in August 2004), but I wonder what's changed
since then.  Here are some of my specific questions:

1. Have you stopped print journals check-in? For what categories (e.g.,
dailies and weeklies only, only those titles with limited retention, only
those titles where we have online access, some other category?)

2. If you check in some titles but not others, how do you tell (as you sort
the mail) that this is a title you will check in and this one you
won't?  Do you look up all titles in your ILS?  Do you keep a paper list
and refer to that?  Do you just "know" which titles you do check in?

3. Are you still checking in, but not claiming?

If you could let me know what your institution is doing, I'd love to hear
from you.  I will gladly summarize for the list.

Also, if this is the first time you've heard of this topic, or if you
remember hearing about it and think  now wasn't there an article about
that? here are some citations to get you started.  These all came up during
the August 2004 thread.

Anderson, Rick, and Steven D. Zink, "Implementing the unthinkable: the
demise of periodical check-in at the University of Nevada." Library
Collections, Acquisitions, & Technical Services, v.27:no.1 (2003:Spring),
pp. 61-71. (available on Science Direct, if you have a subscription)

Davis, Susan, recorder, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Give Up Journal
Check-In," The Serials Librarian, v.44:no.3/4 (2003), pp. 255-260. (report
of a workshop given at the NASIG Conference (Williamsburg, June 2002) by
Rick Anderson and Steven D. Zink)

Scherlen, Allan, Column Editor, with contributions by Larry Boyer, Eleanor
Cook, and John P. Abbott, "Courage of our Convictions: Making Difficult
Decisions About Serial Collections," from the column The Balance Point,
Serials Review, v.30:no.2 (2004), pp. 117-121

If anyone knows of other articles written about this topic, I'd love to
hear about them.  I did a search in Library Literature, but haven't come up
with much other than the ones above.

Thanks in advance for all your help,

Kim Maxwell

Kim Maxwell
Serials Acquisitions Librarian
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Libraries, Room 14E-210
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
phone: 1-617-253-7028
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