Re: CD-ROM and Print Versions of the Same Journal Cecilia Leathem 02 Dec 1998 16:01 UTC

We have been receiving quite a few CD ROMs for journals that we
subscribe to in hard copy.  So far, they live in a box under my desk,
because we have yet to make a decision on how to handle them.  We could
catalog them and allow them to circulate, or catalog them and allow for
in-house use only.  In the latter case, we would have to provide the PC
with a CD-ROM drive, and that is the sticking point.

Another problem is that some publishers provide an annual cumulation of
several titles and issue them together on a single disc or on several
discs.  In some cases, we may only have hard copy for one title.  The
other titles are not wanted, especially when we only have a single year
on CD-ROM.

I suspect we will eventually pitch them because so many publishers are
now offering web versions to those who subscribe to the hard copy.  The
CD's are an awkward alternative.

Cecilia Leathem
Head, Serials Cataloging & Binding
Otto G. Richter Library
University of Miami
1300 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, FL  33124-0320
Tel:  305 284-4719
Fax: 305 665-7352