One-Time Donation Practices Jason Skoog (11 May 2016 17:55 UTC)
Re: One-Time Donation Practices Judith Koveleskie (11 May 2016 18:42 UTC)
Re: One-Time Donation Practices Edward Keane (11 May 2016 18:50 UTC)
Re: One-Time Donation Practices Abbigail C Gregg (12 May 2016 13:56 UTC)

Re: One-Time Donation Practices Edward Keane 11 May 2016 18:50 UTC

This is the precise situation at LIU's Brooklyn campus.  My favorite anecdote about this situation is some professors, who can't wait to unload their personal print copies on us, are surprised we don't collect print!


Edward Keane
Electronic Resources Librarian
Long Island University
Brooklyn Campus
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Subject: Re: [SERIALST] One-Time Donation Practices

We have eliminated print whenever possible.   We no longer accept donations.

We do have older materials on the shelves along with 12 current subscriptions and they are seldom used.
As an experiment this year we moved three print journals [that the faculty said they could not live without] into our office space and put signs on the shelves directing people to the library office.   We did not retrieve these journals even once.

With access to over 61,000 titles online, students just don't bother with print anymore.  So even if you have the greatest journal in a field in print, if there at ten others online, those are the ones that will be used.


Judith A. Koveleskie, MLIS, MA
Serials Librarian
Seton Hill University
Reeves Memorial Library
1 Seton Hill Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601-1548<>
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On Wed, May 11, 2016 at 1:55 PM, Jason Skoog <<>> wrote:

I'm curious what other's approaches are to donations.  We are an academic library with limited space.

If we decide to weed print, it is either because of low use over several years, or because the print is well represented in various online databases.  If the print is only in one or two databases, we are less likely to weed print since we may lose access to those databases at some point.

I've received one-time donations of psychology journals.  One is a year's worth of Monitor on Psychology.  We only have online coverage in one database.  I'm torn between adding this to the shelves since it's only a year, but the fact we only have one it on one database worries me.

I've typically only been adding journals that have a run of 3 years minimum, but even then I might not due to low shelf space.  I'm curious what your other practices are.

Thank you,

Jason Skoog
Archivist and Systems Librarian
Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI


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