Re: Eliminating Periodicals Check-in Ian Woodward 16 Sep 2008 17:49 UTC

Your should not assume your constituency would necessarily speak up.  IW

I.  Woodward
Serials Office
Colgate University Libraries
Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, N.Y. 13346
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Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm -- but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves. -  T.S. Eliot

-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [] On Behalf Of van Sickle, Jennifer
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 9:16 AM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Eliminating Periodicals Check-in

On a related note, if print subscriptions lapsed for long periods of time and no one noticed, that would make a case for cancellation.


Jennifer van Sickle
Serials Librarian & Sciences Coordinator Trinity College Library 300 Summit St.
Hartford, CT USA 06106

phone: 860-297-2250
fax: 860-297-2251

-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [] On Behalf Of Sarah Hartman-Caverly
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 1:55 PM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Eliminating Periodicals Check-in

Prior to my employment, a decision was made to stop checking in what we designate as "popular" periodicals (ie Vogue, Time, etc.) and a handful of our lesser-used journals. My understanding is that this decision was made because 1) serials were increasingly moving online, so technical services staff were not as concerned with ensuring that we had print copies in our periodical room and 2) checking in serials was considered a 'waste of time'.

I've since reinstated the normal check-in protocol for all paid subscriptions. One of the major reasons was that a number of our periodical subscriptions had lapsed for years despite regular annual payment of renewal fees and no one had noticed because the issues were not being checked in. In addition to this and claim considerations, our public services librarians have expressed a strong preference for knowing exactly what issues have arrived and when. Lastly, as print subscriptions are supplanted by electronic ones, we've had less work in the serials workflow to be performed by students. Our department has consistently underspent its student employment budget for the past few years, and reinstating the check-in procedure for all paid subscriptions has helped maintain the availability of student work in our department.

-Sarah Hartman-Caverly

Sarah Hartman-Caverly | Library Assistant - Serials

610-526-5297 | 610-526-7480 facsimile |

Canaday Library | Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

----- Original Message -----
From: "Wilma Dague" <wdague@BENEDICTINE.EDU>
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 12:12:47 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Eliminating Periodicals Check-in

I don't understand why you would want to eliminate check in? How would you know what you have or what you need to claim?

Best regards,

Wilma Weant Dague
Serials Coordinator
Benedictine College Library
1020 North 2nd St.
Atchison, KS 66002

(913) 360-7610