Periodical Reading Room Survey-Responses (Duncan NcClusky) Marcia Tuttle 11 Jul 1995 17:38 UTC
---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Tue, 11 Jul 1995 11:13:10 CST6CDT From: DUNCAN MCCLUSKY <MCCLUSKY@LIB.AUBURN.EDU> 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 mcclusky@Lib.auburn.edu 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 LOCATION 1. All libraries reported centrally located, open access current periodicals. 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. OTHER SERVICES 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 periodicals. 3. One library has reserves on the same floor with current periodicals. 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 periodicals. SECURITY 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 machine. 8. Overnight check out for all except some "hot" titles is allowed in one library. PHOTOCOPIERS 1. Only one library does not have photocopiers near the current periodicals. Otherwise the range is from 1 - 17 copiers in the area. PATRONS 1. Three libraries report at peak times that there may be lines of patrons. 2. Available seating space ranges from 10 - 150 places. NUMBER IN USE 1. One library limits check out to four and another limits the items taken from the desk to 3. BARCODING 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. LOAN PERIOD 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. HOURS 1. 12 libraries are open the same hours as the rest of the library. STAFFING 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. INCOMPLETES 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.