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vandalism in periodicals stacks Emma Cuesta 10 Jan 1997 22:21 UTC

Please excuse me if this is not quite the right forum for this question,
but I think that serialists may give me some interesting input.
Our periodicals collection is currently housed in closed stacks and are
retrieved at the patron's request by student assistants.  We (the Serials
librarian and I) have recommended that they be classified and housed in open
stacks.  There have been some concerns expressed about the security of the
collection.  It is my impression that there is roughly a similar amount of
vandalism from open and closed stacks.  Any comments?

Emma Cuesta
Assistant Dean of Access Services
Hofstra University
Hempstead N.Y.