Management Of Serials In Libraries

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Focusing on the management of serials in libraries and the role of serials in scholarly communications, this book combines descriptive and prescriptive approaches to illuminate major serials management issues. Unlike other works on the subject, this text emphasizes collection management issues-serials evaluation/selection criteria, cancellation, weeding, document delivery, budgeting, decision models, use studies, journal ranking, and the application of citation analysis (including use of the Journal Citation Reports and Bradfordian distribution). The author also discusses the implications of the Internet and World Wide Web for serials management. Other topics include types of serials, serials history, serials automation, electronic journals, technical services processing, and copyright issues. Appendixes list and annotate relevant World Wide Web sites, pertinent bibliographies, and sources of statistical data about serials. Significant research is often cited. There are extensive footnotes, and bibl

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Editorial Reviews

Serials pose one of the greatest challenges for library and information science professionals, according to Nisonger (library and information science, Indiana U.). For 1995-96, the median expenditure of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) university libraries on serial subscriptions far exceeded that for books. The author details the paradigm shift, and ensuant issues, from ownership of periodicals to a mixture of ownership and access facilitated by electronic media. Discussion highlights collection management decision-making primarily for academic libraries, the historical development of print and electronic serials, the role of serials in scholarly communication, and future trends. Appends sources of statistical data on serials, serials bibliographies, and pertinent web sites. Indexed by author and title. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563082139
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/15/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS E. NISONGER is Associate Professor, Indiana University, School of Library and Information Science, Bloomington.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Acronyms
1 The Serials Format 1
2 History and Statistics 17
3 Collection Management of Serials: Part 1 53
4 Collection Management of Serials: Part 2 93
5 The Application of Citation Analysis to Serials Collection Management 121
6 Study of Periodical Use 157
7 Journal Ranking Studies 189
8 Serials Processing in Libraries 215
9 The Electronic Journal 267
10 Serials Automation 301
Epilogue 327
App. 1 Sources of Statistical Data on Serials 337
App. 2 Serials Bibliographies 345
App. 3 World Wide Web Sites Pertaining to Serials 351
General Bibliography 361
Author/Title Index 399
Subject Index 431
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