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From The CriticsReviewer: Gina M. Augustine, MLS (St. Francis Hospital of New Castle)
Description: This is a wonderful compilation of the journals of our century. Journal titles in the helping professions, music/arts, business and law, history/military and political science, health sciences, and agriculture are included.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose is to honor serials librarians who have developed journal collections in the various disciplines addressing patron needs and preferences. The author's intent is not merely to provide a subject listing of journals, but to emphasize those which have influenced their respective fields. Although this book is certainly a useful tool for journal acquisitions, it is also an enjoyable read.
Audience: It is written as a collection development tool for serials librarians. However, all librarians, from single librarian libraries to special library librarians, can benefit from the information offered in this book. Any researcher interested in a list of credible, peer reviewed journals could also effectively use this resource. The author does a fine job presenting a historical description of each journal listing.
Features: There are two ways of accessing the information in this book. The first is by using the general subject sections to select a recommended title. The second is to look for a specific journal by title in the alphabetical listing at the back of the book. Anthropology, philosophy, religion, economics, engineering, and mathematics are examples of the scope and diversity of this book. Journals paired with health related careers in pharmacy, medicine, physical therapy, and nutrition are included, but nursing is noticeably absent.
Assessment: This book is really an excellent resource for librarians and researchers. The historical background on each subject section is interesting and informative. It is easy to see how journals have not only reflected, but actually helped shaped these areas of work and study during this century. This great tool for journal recommendation and acquisition would be an asset to any type of library. It would also be valuable on the shelf for patrons searching for subject-specific journals.