Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Serials Control and Deselection Projects

Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Serials Control and Deselection Projects

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Serials Control and Deselection Projects.

This System and Procedure Exchange Center (SPEC) Kit 147 on serials control and deselection is the result of materials gathered from twelve ARL member libraries and Research Libraries Group during the period from May 1988 through August 1988. Only twenty-six libraries were solicited, "selected upon the basis of interest and activity in this area...on a rush basis" (p. 1). Initially, the SPEC Flyer defines the problem and summarizes the collected documents with its usual excellence. It draws the important distinctions between the solutions for the serials crisis of the 1970s and those for the 1980s--the former dealing mainly with short-term bailouts, and the latter attempting to control the problems for the present and the future.

The actual library documents include some excellent examples of memos and newsletters for faculty and administrators explaining the financial dilemmas in which most serials departments find themselves. Included here are pricing histories of expensive journals, sophisticated budgetary analysis, pointed letters to journal publishers, and mean costs of expensive scientific/technical publications, plus some eye-catching statistics (e.g., 29,621 scientific journals have been launched since 1978). Several of the libraries in this kit include examples of evaluative tools in deselection. …

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