Re: displaying current issues Joanna Kennedy 02 Sep 2008 12:06 UTC

We are a medium size academic library on a graduate campus. We display
the issues for the current year/volume of all our active print journals
on regular flat shelves, alphabetically. It is used for browsing by our
users, and when these items are reshelved, our Circulation staff
collects usage statistics, through our ILS.  It seems to work well.
Users find out about the online-only titles through our web page, and
there is no confusion.

Mary Logue wrote:
> I have searched the archives and did not see any recent discussion on this
> topic (maybe I didn't search well enough), but I'm wondering what other
> libraries are doing about displaying current issues of their print
> periodicals. We are going to have a discussion about whether this is
> something should continue or not and I was hoping to have insights from
> others before we discussed it as a library here. I have listed some of the
> questions/concerns I have about displaying current issues of periodicals. We
> are an academic library, but I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who
> would like to respond.
> 1. Do you still display current issues of your periodicals? Why? If you
> don't display current issues, why not?
> 2. If you display, what do you do about titles you purchase online only?
> Have patrons been confused because a title they were looking for is not on
> the current issue display because it is only available online?
> 3. If you display, do you display all your print titles, or how do you
> determine what to display?
> 4. If you display, how do you display them?
> 5. If you do not display your current issues, how have the
> faculty/staff/students reacted to not having them displayed?
> 6. Any other insights/comments you may have if you've already had this
> conversation on your campus.
> I appreciate any and all comments.
> Thanks,
> Mary
> Mary Logue
> Assistant Librarian
> Westmont College, Voskuyl Library
> 955 La Paz Road Santa Barbara, CA 93108
> 805-565-6144