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Re: Serials Job Duties Barbara Pope (07 Nov 2007 22:19 UTC)

Re: Serials Job Duties Barbara Pope 07 Nov 2007 22:19 UTC

My job description keeps changing, but no gaining one thing to replace
something else I used.  Instead, it just keeps growing in breadth and
dept of what I do.

My duties include:

Periodicals subscriptions, electronic and print
Evaluating and recommending purchase of databases and journals
Administers the library's gift and exchange journal subscriptions
Administering electronic journal subscriptions and databases, including
contacting vendors and publishers and troubleshooting access
Adding open access journals to the ERM after evaluation
Managing an ERM
Retrospective check-in of microfilm and print journals
Managing the periodicals and electronic resources budgets
Supervising and training 1-2 student workers and 1 paraprofessional in
Updating local holdings in Connexion
Repair of bound volumes and loose journal issues
Writing blog entries and reference newsletter articles about databases
and journals for publicity
Bibliographic instruction, generally to freshman, and more recently, to
Working at the Reference Desk (reference by phone, in person, and email)
Supervising the computer lab and student workers  in the computer lab
(5-7 students)
Basic computer support in helping patrons with software and hardware

Our cataloger does cataloging of serials and monographs, so I do not do
that, but I know that at some libraries, the periodicals librarian also
catalogs the serials.

Those are all the duties I can think of right now, but I am sure there
are more.

Barbara Pope, MALS
Periodicals/Reference Librarian
Axe Library
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg KS  66762

L. Christine Ericson wrote:
> Hi Melissa,
> We're going through the same process here at UAA. Right now we have an
> interim serials manager (me!) and a student who checks in serials.
> Needless to say, dealing with electronic resources has been challenging
> as it's not really centralized. I've been looking at a lot of job
> announcements trying to figure out how to best restructure our
> department and have seen a lot of ads for Electronic Resources/Serials
> Librarians.
> We're looking at possibly going with an Electronic Resources/Serials
> Librarian position and a serials technician level position, along with a
> student who will continue to do check-in. We have a cataloger who does
> original cataloging for both monographs and serials and currently our
> copy catalogers add both monographs and serials.
> I would also love to hear how others are reconfiguring their job
> duties/positions, especially in regard to the trend towards going with
> electronic over print. Our university serves about 11,000 students.
> Thanks,
> Christie
> Christie Ericson
> Interim Serials Manager
> Consortium Library
> University of Alaska Anchorage
> 3211 Providence Drive
> Anchorage, AK 99508
> (907) 786-1990
> Fax: (907) 786-4639
> -----Original Message-----
> From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
> [mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Brown, Melissa
> Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 8:18 AM
> Subject: [SERIALST] Serials Job Duties
> Hello all,
> I am new at serials, and have a question for you.  We are in the process
> of refiguring job duties, and I was wondering what a serials librarian
> includes in their jobs.  Do you manage print and electronic serials?
> How about the databases?  Full text access?  Is there anything I am
> missing?  I would like to make my case, one way or the other, to manage
> or not manage electronic serials, eTOC programs, etc.  I think I would
> like to do it, but maybe that should be two different job duties?
> I also perform cataloging here.  I am new and have been here 4 months
> now, so all of this is new to me.  Any help is greatly appreciated.
> Also, any advice/wisdom/tips from those of you who have been managing
> serials for a while would be welcomed.  Before this I was a
> reference/public services librarian, so all of this cataloging and
> serials can get confusing.  We have two library workers, one of whom is
> on maternity leave, and they are talking about hiring the temp on after
> she comes back (don't get me started, whole 'nother story!).
> You can email me off list at  Thanks in advance for
> your suggestions!  I can summarize the responses if anyone is
> interested.
> Thanks a million from someone who is stumbling along!