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Re: Serials Career question Susan Sturgeon 03 Aug 2007 19:27 UTC

I think that print periodicals in academic libraries are very rapidly becoming a thing of the past.  I am retiring this month after 24 years as a Serials Librarian at a small-medium-sized academic library.  At the height of my career I managed over 1,600 periodicals.  Now we have under 500 and I will  not be replaced!  The closest you can come is to to learn all you can about the online journal business, like licensing and dead links and other exciting things like that.  Susan

Susan Sturgeon
Serials Librarian
Salem State College Library
352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 542-6765
Fax: (978) 542-6596

>>> "Dieden, Cynthia" <cdieden@MPPL.ORG> 8/3/2007 3:08 PM >>>
I am a periodicals supervisor and librarian at a medium-large public library.  I supervise two periodicals clerks, am responsibile for serials control, claims, deletions (we don't bind), new magazines, as well as other collection duties such as selection and weeding.  In addition, I participate on a number of committees and work on public services desks (readers' advisory and reference).  I have very limited cataloging experience.  To get to my question, I am interested in taking another step (possibly into academic libraries) in serials.  Would I be qualified, in general and does anyone have any advice on skills to hone or responsibilities to seek out to take this next step.  Thank you for your assistance.

-Cynthia Dieden