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Re: Turn-Around Time for Journals Virginia Taffurelli (24 Mar 2009 14:49 UTC)

Re: Turn-Around Time for Journals Virginia Taffurelli 24 Mar 2009 14:49 UTC

Good morning, Holly.

Here at SIBL, we check in an average of 3,000 journal issues per month.  I
have 3 Library Technical Assistants II (LTA II) who checkin issues in
addition to preparing completed volumes for binding.  Under normal
circumstances, all issues received on a given day are checked in by day's
end.  We prioritize high use and reference shelf titles.  On low staffing
days, such as the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve,
we have a slight backlog, but catch up the following day.  I have a policy
in place for whenLTA IIs are out sick or on annual leave.  Each LTA II is
paired with an LTA III.  When the LTA II is not in, his/her partner LTA III
is responsible for checking in for at least an hour or two to minimize
backlog.  This system works well.

I hope this is helpful.  If you would like any additional information,
please feel free to contact me off-list.  I am currently in the process of
analyzing a workflow study.

Virginia Taffurelli
Head of Technical Processing
Science, Industry and Business Library
The New York Public Library
188 Madison Avenue
New York NY  10016-4314
Phone: (212) 592-7234

FAX: (212) 592-7233

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Hello All,

Our library is taking a look at some of our daily procedures in hopes of
becoming more efficient and a question arose about the turn around time
of processing incoming journals.

I was hoping some of you might share how long it takes from the time
your journals arrive in the mail to when they are placed on the shelves
and ready for patrons to view?  A week, a day, or a few hours?  I'm just
looking for an estimate or average.  Any information would be helpful.

Thanks so much,

Holly Spindler


Kettering Medical Library &

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