ERIC Number: ED238452
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Serials Cancellation Project. Final Report.
Carter, Ruth C.; Bruntjen, Scott
A serials cancellation pilot project was conducted by the Pittsburgh Regional Library Center (PRLC) from August 1981 to December 1983 in order to demonstrate the utility of using a large online union list of serials for making and reporting collection management decisions. A total of 21 academic libraries and one public library from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland participated in the project, which also involved members of two regional networks, the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), the Research Libraries Group (RLG), and non-database member libraries. Decisions to cancel subscriptions were recorded online in the Pennsylvania Union List of Serials (PaULS) at the time of the decision so that active use of the online file could help to prevent cancellation of the last copy of a title in a particular region. This report describes project purpose and background, the detailed procedures used, and the relationship of the project to national standards, specifically those developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Eighteen project conclusions and six recommendations for future action are also presented. Appendices include sample forms, copies of project correspondence, materials from a 1982 PRLC cancellation project workshop, a sample questionnaire on current serial acquisition and cooperative collection development issues, sample PaULS printouts, and a list of project participants. (Author/ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Regional Library Center, PA.