Re: questions regarding open current periodical stacks Barbara A. Shipman 03 May 2007 18:39 UTC

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>Date: Thu, 3 May 2007 13:56:27 -0400
>From: Mark Hemhauser <mbhhbm@AMERICAN.EDU>
>Subject: [SERIALST] questions regarding open current periodical stacks
>We have always had closed current periodical stacks and are planning to
>move to open stacks. I would like to get some idea of how other academic
>libraries arrange their current periodicals in open stacks. This listserv
>seems the ideal way to gather that info from many libraries.
>1. Do you keep your current periodicals in a separate place from your bound
>periodicals? All current periodicals together? Or do you shelve them mixed
>in with the bound volumes?
We keep our current journals in a separate room that is located on the same floor as the bound journals.

>2. Approximately how many subscriptions to print journals and magazines do
>you have?
>We have about 900 print subscriptions

>3. Do you eventually bind most of them or toos them?
>We bind a majority of our titles.

>4. How do you shelve/display the current issues before they've been bound?
>(We currently are using hanging folders for the closed stacks. I don't
>think they will work well in open stacks.)
We use a princeton file to display our journal issues. It keeps the issues organized and makes it easier to browse.

>5. Do you restrict the use of the current periodicals to a floor or room?
>Or can they be taken anywhere in the library?
We have a 'don't remove from room' sign, but I'm pretty lenient when students ask me if they can take the journal outside the room.

>6. Do you security strip all issues, most issues, random issues, weighted
>towards titles that more often disappear?
All journals are security tagged before they are shelved in the Current Journals Room.  Newspapers aren't tagged.

I hope this helps:)

 Barbara A. Shipman
 Acquisitions Department
 Kresge Library
 Oakland University
 Rochester MI  48309
 (248) 370-2482