Re: Space for serials growth Edwards, Mary 10 Feb 2006 15:27 UTC


I also would be interested.  I'll be running into a space crunch very soon and will need to employ a methodology for this!

Kindest Regards,

Mary Edwards
Art Institute of California - Los Angeles
2900 31st Street
Santa Monica, CA  90405

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From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Sally Smith
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 9:04 AM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Space for serials growth

I have created a spreadsheet to use when shifting.  I have columns for
Titles (includes both dead and active), Measurement of current inches,
Measurement of past year inches, formula to calculate 5 years growth and
total inches needed for each title.   I then number the shelves and on the
spreadsheet a formula calculates where on each shelf a title should begin
and end.  I used removable labels to put on the top of each shelf indicating
shelves 1-7, 8-15 etc.  The advantage to this system was that I could work
anywhere in the stacks since I knew what shelf a title would be on and where
it should begin and end.  For example title might begin on shelf 7.46 or
about in the middle of shelf 7 and stop on shelf 8.75.  The next title
begins at 8.75.   It does require accurate measuring, but I was able to give
the project to students with a measuring tape and laptop and they did quite
well.  I would be glad to send my spreadsheet to
anyone is interested.


Sally Smith
Bethel University Library
Serials Dept.
3900 Bethel Drive  St. Paul, MN 55112

Phone:  651-635-8544   Fax:  651-635-1971

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From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Barb Dietsch
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 7:23 AM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Space for serials growth

It takes a bit longer and some calculations, but I measure the run of
each title, then measure the last three years of issues for that title.
Add them together and you'll have the space needed for the title.  This
also means that you have to measure all of your shelf space to make
certain you have room for your measured titles plus their growth.

This is where weeding often comes to play.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call.  We just got done
with our two year shift.


barb dietsch | serials coordinator
epa library | unc contract staff
109 tw alexander drive | mail code c267-01
research triangle park, nc 27711
phone: 919.541.0726
fax: 919.541.1405

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            Hello all,

Do any of you have a "rule of thumb" about how much shelf space (i.e,
inches or  Princeton files)  is GENERALLY needed for

Subscriptions?   I understand some journals can be almost 2" thick,
while magazines only ½", but is there a general rule of thumb for

Space needed for monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, weekly, serials, etc.?

I am shifting our periodicals and am trying to allow space for at least
3 years of growth for most titles.

Please respond to me at

Thank you!

Linda Heimburger

Central Carolina Technical College Library

Sumter, SC

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