Alphabetically Shelved Journals & Title Abbreviations (4 messages) Birdie MacLennan 19 May 1995 20:39 UTC

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Date:         Fri, 19 May 1995 14:27:41 +0500
From:         Navjit Brar <>
Subject:      Re: Alphabetically Shelved Journals & Title Abbreviations

Sonya Foust <> wrote:

>Now that so many publishers are putting abbreviations on
>their journals, I would like to know how libraries where
>journals are shelved alphabetically are coping with the
>problem....Do you underline first letters where the should
>be shelved or what?  (eg. BR - Bible Review, MLR - Monthly
>Labor Review, CU - College & University, to name a few!)

        We also shelve all of our journal titles both bound and unbound
alphabetically in current periodicals room and periodical stacks. We pick up
the exact title from the publishers box (which is usually on the second or
third page of the item) but if some thing seems confusing, I check how the
title is listed in the printed index and/or electronic database. I hope this

Navjit Brar

Date:         Fri, 19 May 1995 09:41:54 -0700
From:         Mitch Turitz <turitz@MERCURY.SFSU.EDU>
Subject:      Re: Alphabetically Shelved Journals & Title Abbreviations

GENERALLY, we do NOT shelve them under the abbreviations, unless that is
the ONLY way the title appears on the pieces (e.g. TV Guide).

I have tried to follow the rule that if the initialism appears on the
piece AND the spelled-out form of the title also appears on the item, but
not necessarily on the same page (or chief source of information), then
we do not treat that as a title change and would keep the title under the
spelled out form of the title.  We might make an added entry for the
initialism if we think patrons might look for it under that.

In other words, if LIBRARY JOURNAL put "LJ" on the cover and title page,
but still had the words "Library Journal" elsewhere on the pieces (e.g.
running title or masthead, etc.), we would not do successive entry for
this, and would keep it under "LIBRARY JOURNAL".  We would make an added
entry under "LJ" in the online catalog, but would continue to shelve it

I hope that helps.

-- Mitch

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Date:         Fri, 19 May 1995 14:17:46 -0400
From:         Carol Shapiro <CSHAPIRO@LAW.FORDHAM.EDU>
Subject:      Re: Alphabetically Shelved Journals & Title Abbreviations

Yet another vote for classed journals.  I've never seen a support
staff that could get this right with unbound titles, especially. It's
hard enough for catalogers to decide what the title is ...

--Carol Shapiro
Fordham Law

From:          Leeann Howlett <>
Organization:  USF Health Sciences Library
Date:          Fri, 19 May 1995 13:35:38 EDT
Subject:       Re: Alphabetically Shelved Journals & Title Abbreviations

In reply to Sonya Foust:

  Our journals are shelved alphabetically, also.  I know just
  what you mean about the problem with journal covers and the
  many ways publishers "present" the title.  We use a black
  fine-point permanent marker (the Sanford Sharpie) - it seems
  to work on just about any type of cover.  Usually a double
  underline below the first letter of the title does the trick.
  All of our shelvers have been trained to look out for this.
  If the title is REALLY HIDDEN - we write it at the
  top of the issue.

  Hope this helps.

  Lee Ann Howlett
  Serials Librarian
  Health Sciences Center Library
  University of South Florida