Your comments appreciated, or to class or not to class periodical collection (3 messages) SERIALST Moderator 20 Jun 2006 21:38 UTC

3 messages:

Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 14:52:02 -0500
From: "Pennington, Buddy D." <>
Subject: RE: [SERIALST] Your comments appreciated

Hi Robbin,

Either way (classed or not classed) works and you'll see both systems in
place.  We currently have ours in title order here at UMKC but are
debating about classifying them and integrating them into our
circulating collection.  There are plusses and minuses to each system.
For example, classifying them means that all the materials on a subject
are together on the shelves but spreading the periodicals amongst the
circulating collection means more time spent shelving and pulling stuff
to bind.  It also means that users have to search the catalog for needed
journals to get the call numbers.  Title order makes it easier to find a
journal from a citation, but if the title changes then your holdings for
that journal will be split.

I assume that if you do use LC call numbers you will integrate them into
your circulating collection?  It doesn't make much sense to me to have
two separate LC collections (one for periodicals and one for classified
materials).  That will cause mass confusion.  Either you separate the
periodicals (which are then generally shelved by title order) or you
classify and integrate periodicals and monographs.  The only hybrid
system you might see is to have the current issues in title order in a
separate reading room and then have the bound volumes classified and

It's really a toss up.  As I said before, either way works and I've seen
it done both ways.  It's really a matter of what you are comfortable
with and what you think works best for your students.

Buddy Pennington
Serial Acquisitions Librarian
University of Missouri - Kansas City
University Libraries
-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Robbin Glaser
Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 2:20 PM
Subject: [SERIALST] Your comments appreciated


    I work at a small academic library, and I'm adding periodicals to
our library's catalog.  Because we have only unbound issues kept in
alphabetical order, I assigned the word "PERIODICAL" to the 090 field
instead of an LC class number.  However, some of the staff question
that; they think an LC class number should be used. Our director told us
to get documentation on why we should continue to use "Periodical" or
use LC class.
    It would be helpful to know what other libraries do and why.  I
would greatly appreciate hearing from you!

Robbin Glaser
Technical Services Librarian
Troy University, Dothan

Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 16:02:26 -0400
From: "Essency, Janet" <>
Subject: RE: [SERIALST] Your comments appreciated

	I assume that if you are putting Periodical in your 090 then
your collection shelves by title? The collection that I currently manage
also shelves by title and I never bother with the 090. Is it required by
your system?  If not, don't bother with it and make everyone happy.

Janet Essency
Head,Technical  Services
Bridgewater State College
Maxwell Library
10 Shaw Rd
Bridgewater, MA 02325
(508) 531-6159   - voice
(508) 531-1702  - FAX

Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 16:45:26 -0400
From: Angelica Freitas <>
Subject: RE: [SERIALST] Your comments appreciated


I also work at a small academic library and we have bound and unbound
periodicals that we classify using the dewey decimal. We are now considering
changing it to LC.


Angelica Freitas
Sarah Lawrence College
Esther Raushenbush Library
One Meadway
Bronxville, NY 10708