alternatives to binding Scott Carlisle 14 Dec 2009 16:42 UTC

At Boston College Libraries we are reassessing our practices for binding
periodicals. Like many libraries we are working toward migrating our
journal collections to electronic format, and we are spending more on
electronic preservation. In a recent project we experimented with
shelving certain titles without binding, and found that while cost
savings resulted, there was no labor saved due to the work required in
our ILS for location changes.

We'd love to hear what other institutions are doing:

1) Have your binding practices been affected by these issues or others,
and if so, what changes have you made?

2) Have you tried any alternatives to binding, such as boxes, and has
that been satisfactory?


Scott Carlisle
E-Resources & Technical Services Librarian
O'Neill Library
Boston College