ERIC Number: ED329263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
An Assessment of Jacksonville State University Library's Periodical Subscriptions.
Bevis, Mary Daniell
Serials collections are a costly but essential part of a library's periodicals holdings. Jacksonville State University Library's (JSUL) budgetary problems have forced librarians to examine their serials closely in terms of cost factors, indexing, expected usage, and curriculum and research support. The purpose of this project is to assess JSUL's periodical subscriptions for the period September 1, 1987 to August 31, 1988, in order to determine which titles merit renewal. JSUL conducted a 2-year use study as one indicator for a journal's usefulness to the collections. The evaluation process included only current, paid, non-essential JSUL periodical subscriptions--newspaper subscriptions were excluded. However, the results of the use studies are not to be the sole criteria for deselection. The serials will be deselected according to the following criteria: (1) whether the journal is indexed by services available in the library; (2) whether the title is in the English language (except on rare occasions); (3) the amount of curriculum support and the appropriateness of subject matter; (4) accuracy of content; (5) specific need; (6) appropriateness of cost relative to need; and (7) usage. Titles which exhibit extraordinary price increases will be subject to re-evaluation on a continuing basis. Certain essential titles will be automatically renewed (without use study analysis) if they are identified by subject specialists as an essential serials title. Tables of periodicals listings and memos and materials used in the JSUL are included, as well as lists of 52 references. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Jacksonville State Univ., AL.