Re: Disposal of Abstracts and Indexes Stokes, Judith 30 Jan 2008 20:21 UTC

At Rhode Island College, many of our print indexes have been moved or
discarded. Decisions are driven by space needs, but the main criteria
seem to be that if we would "fall back" on a run that lacks the last 5
to 15 years (because we cannot afford to buy both print and online
subscriptions), we do not need the print volumes in reference. Whether
they are discarded or moved has to do with the discipline and the  kind
of online coverage we have.

In periodicals, we ran out of space several years ago and weeded the
collection thoroughly then. Now we routinely withdraw all of our volumes
that JSTOR duplicates. So far, we do not consider any other online
source to be permanent, but we do plan to consider Portico.

RIC is a state university in a consortium that includes 9 other
universities, all within a 50-mile radius, so we do not have an
extensive custodial role. We have a "last copy" policy in the consortium
so that no print materials are discarded without being offered to the
other libraries.

Hope that helps!

Judith E. Stokes, Serials Librarian
Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908

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[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Connie Foster
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 11:39 AM
Subject: [SERIALST] Disposal of Abstracts and Indexes

Is anyone "letting go" of print indexes and abstracts for space and
online considerations? Ex., sociological abstracts or others. Some
librarians have a reluctance to discard for fear of cancelling online
products "in the future" and not having a fall-back and, thus, would
move to storage.
Any opinions and experiences you have are appreciated. This could also
extend to the JSTOR/MUSE type titles and what criteria you use to decide

what goes away permanently, what goes to storage and what stays within
Connie Foster

Connie Foster, Professor and Head, Dept. of Library Technical Services
Western Kentucky University Libraries
Editor, Serials Review
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