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Re: establishing core collection list of periodicals by subject Lash, Metta 26 Jan 2005 15:23 UTC

I have just begun the same process and found the article, "Defining an
Undergraduate Core Journal Collection" by Janice Steed Lewis and John D.
McDonald from Serials Librarian v.43, iss.1 (2002), to be very helpful.
(their core list can be found at
and downloaded as an Access database).

If you get responses about this from others I was hoping you could
either share them with the list if others are interested or perhaps
forward them to me.

Thanks a lot,
Metta Lash
Periodicals Librarian
Montgomery College, Rockville Campus

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From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Mark L. Ferguson
Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 9:45 AM
Subject: [SERIALST] establishing core collection list of periodicals by

Dear Serials listers:

Our library is embarking on an effort to establish a core collection
list of periodicals for each academic department.  These would be titles
that each academic department determines are essential to its standing
as a legitimate academic program.  I was wondering if there are other
libraries out there who have already done this and if so what resources
you drew upon to compile such lists.  Katz, Magazine for libraries would
be an obvious source, but are there others?  Is there anyone out there
who has done this and would be willing to share those core collection
lists with others?

This kind of information could be very useful, I would imagine, to a
number of libraries, and I could use all the help I can get in
undertaking this task.  You may want to direct your response to the
listserv rather than just to me for any other interested parties out
there listening.

Mark Ferguson, Periodicals Librarian, College of Saint Elizabeth