The main argument for keeping them is older issues of periodicals in
your collection may not be covered by any of your subscribed databases,
but may be covered by print indexes on your shelves. Knowing which ones
may be of use to your patrons.
Several years ago I went through our local records and deleted 510s for
indexes not in our collection, but kept 510s for indexes we own. I don't
recall ever actually using the 510's in my reference work. My personal
opinion is that 510's were a great idea, but the care and feeding of
them is too much relative to their value to patrons.
Reference, Serials, and Instruction Librarian
Neil Hellman Library
The College of Saint Rose
392 Western Ave.
Albany, NY 12203
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Douglas King
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 9:43 AM
Subject: [SERIALST] 510 field?
What do y'all do about 510 fields in serial records? Do you leave them
in? Delete them? Check them for accuracy (or at least see if your
library has the titles mentioned in the 510's)? I'm looking for
arguments for and against keeping them in local bibliographic records.
Special Materials Cataloger
Thomas Cooper Library
University of South Carolina
1322 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208