In a message dated 2/7/2006 2:49:06 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Here at Wichita Public Library they used cardex, arranged alphabetically.
Each time a magazine or newspaper arrived a mark was made on the card to show
it was received for that date.
Yes, they used to do that a lot in many places I worked. At some point, you
go back and see what doesn't seem to be coming in. These could be things
you might want to get rid of or else keep. You can find out if they're still
being published, or if they're "dead", or simply "suspended". Also, make a
note of any missing issues and flag the kardex card with a plastic, colored
One other thing you might also consider is how to arrange the periodicals on
the shelf. Each method has advantages and disadvantages. If you
alphabetize by title, what do you do with title changes? Or, to bring "families" of
serials together, you can make up a class number (ugh!) or a simple cutter
number. Then make dummies in the other location, or relay on the catalog to
steer people appropriately (iffy....).
What do you do with publications with the same title? Good case for using a
key title or uniform title.
My two bits.