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Periodical Reading Room Survey-Responses (Duncan NcClusky) Marcia Tuttle 11 Jul 1995 17:38 UTC

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Date: Tue, 11 Jul 1995 11:13:10 CST6CDT
Subject: Periodical Reading Room Survey-Responses

Thank you to everyone who responded to the questionaire that I
circulated.  I have condensed the information below.

Duncan McClusky

Library/University                    Approx. Number of Periodicals

Ralph Brown Draughon Library, Auburn Univ.      7,000
Colorado State University                       8,000
Vance Memorial Library, Dallas Baptist Univ.      600
Duke University                                 4,000
George Washington University                    6,000
Milner Library, Illinois State University       5,300
Indiana University Libraries                    5,000
John Rylands University, [Manchester, Eng.]     8,500
Moffett Library, Midwestern University          1,200
State University of New York at Buffalo         8,000
Torreyson Library, Univ. of Central Arkansas    2,600
University of Chicago                          42,000
University of Idaho                             3,500
McKeldin Library, University of Maryland        5,000
Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami    6,000
University of New England                         800
Health Sciences Library, Univ. of Washington    3,800

1.  All libraries reported centrally located, open access current
2.  Government Documents in one library maintain 400-500 titles.
3.  The Law Library Reading Room in another university maintains their
journals separately.
4.  Four report that they have journals centrally located within each
subject department.
5.  Eight report keeping highly utilised or vandalized journals
behind a service desk.

1.  All but one report photocopiers near the current periodicals.
Three have photocopy centers with the current periodicals.
2.  Three have microforms on the same floor or part of current
3.  One library has reserves on the same floor with current
4.  One handles "tables of contents/routing" for 500 titles.
5.  One processes and pulls document delivery requests.
6.  Six do not have any other services with the current

1.  Seven do not let current periodicals circulate.
2.  Five check out "behind the desk" journals when the patron
presents an identification card.
3.  One library requires an identification card to enter.
4.  Two security tape [tattle tape] a portion of their titles.
5.  Five report security tapes in all issues or 3M security gates.
6.  Two will let current issues circulate under special circumstances
[copiers are broken, to make an overhead transparency, or to make
color copies.]
7.  Two hour "courtesy checkouts" are reported to be used to take
away from the current periodicals room [area] to photocopy on another
8.  Overnight check out for all except some "hot" titles is allowed
in one library.

1.  Only one library does not have photocopiers near the current
periodicals.  Otherwise the range is from 1 - 17 copiers in the area.

1.  Three libraries report at peak times that there may be lines of
2.  Available seating space ranges from 10 - 150 places.

1.  One library limits check out to four and another limits the items
taken from the desk to 3.

1.  Barcoding of security issues [kept behind the desk] is reported
by one library.
2.  Two libraries barcode issues when they are checked out.
3.  One library does barcode issues and uses the information to
create a number of reports, such as use studies.  Two others have
plans to use barcoding of issues for use study information.

1.  Five report allowing two hours to take journals elsewhere.
2.  ILL can take up to and over a week to make copies.

SHELVING AREA SIZE [wording should have been better]
1.  Somewhere in the range of 2000-3000 square feet for the current
periodicals was the answer given by four libraries.
2.  Three titles/shelf and the number of [shelves or ranges] was
another answer.

1.  12 libraries are open the same hours as the rest of the library.

1.  Three report that the staffing is taken up by people working in
the subject area.
2.  Three libraries have approximately 2 full time staff (FTE) for
current periodicals.
3.  Four libraries have 3 full time staff (FTE) for the position.
4.  The high report was for 9 FTE staff and 2 FTE student assistants.
5.  Student hours varied from 60 - 120 hours/week.

1.  Nine libraries hold incompletes in a separate location from
current periodicals.  Three have a note on the catalog to tell
patrons that the incompletes are in another location.
2.  Four report the incompletes are only available during regular
hours during the week.