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Serials Reading Rooms Mildred Merz 28 Oct 2008 21:26 UTC

Our library is relinquishing our large "current journals" reading room for a
much smaller area.  Our "current journals" room now contains all of the
recent issues of newspapers and journals/magazines that we subscribe to in
print.  That number, of course, is ever shrinking.

In anticipating our smaller space, we have started re-thinking what the
purpose of the "current journals" area should be in the future.  We are
thinking that instead of just being what we get in print that it should be a
more carefully chosen group of journals/newspapers.  Perhaps the titles in
"current journals" should be the core or essential titles, AND/OR perhaps
they should be the more popular/readable titles that students and faculty
would enjoy having in print.  We have noticed at least two libraries that
have created what they call "virtual reading rooms."   Perhaps the physical
area could be the popular/fun to read titles plus the very important
interdisciplinary titles (like Nature and Science).  The "virtual reading
room" could be the core/essential titles.

Has any other library dealt with this issue?  What should be in a journals
reading room?  Millie Merz

Mildred H. Merz
Associate Professor
Kresge Library
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309-4484
Phone: 248-370-2457; Fax: 248-370-2474