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ERIC Number: ED158713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Serial Perplex.
Blackwell, Maree Macon; Chopra, Pearl
The problems associated with the acquisition of periodicals from various sources and different systems used by two University of Alabama libraries for the acquisition, controlling, and recording of serials are described in this report. Sources identified and discussed include local sources and suppliers, direct subscriptions placed with publishers, special departments designed to handle subscriptions on behalf of libraries, and exchange agreements. To insure prompt and efficient service, it is suggested that librarians should acquire periodicals from the most advantageous combination of the several sources available. The two systems described for acquisition, controlling, and recording of serials are a computer system used by the Lister Hill Library of Health Services and a visible and blind card system used by the Merve H. Stern Memorial Library. Description of the computer system includes criteria used by the Lister Library for evaluating new periodicals, important features of the computer system, procedures for updating the files for bibliographic records and serial expenditures, and computer generated reports and products. Discussion of the two card systems used at the Merve H. Stern Library focuses on cataloging, maintenance and updating procedures for periodical holdings; examples of cards and forms used at the library are included. A selected list of references is appended. (JPF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A