Re: Accompanying disks with journals Bill Miller, Libraries/Learning Resources, FAU 06 Oct 1992 22:52 UTC

    A decade ago when I was a reference librarian at Michigan State
    University, we had a file cabinet behind the Reference Desk and
    called it (I think) the "Supplementary File."  Its purpose was to
    hold material supplementary to books and magazines--maps,
    microfiche, charts, photographs--whatever media there were
    included with the book.  Even if the book had a pocket in it for
    the media, we would keep them in the supplementary file anyway,
    on the theory that they would easily fall out or be stolen, and
    thus would be unavailable to future users of the material.  If a
    book or magazine came with supplementary material, it was stamped
    with a big red "SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL" stamp, and the same call
    number on that book was written on the file that contained the
    supp. material, which was then filed by call number in our file.
    If a user requested the supp. material, he or she was referred to
    us, whereupon we pulled the material out and checked it out to
    him/her.  I suppose that, as far as floppy discs are concerned,
    one could require a patron to provide a blank one and copy the
    supplementary material-disc to it, and keep the original in the
    file.  But what about non-copiable materials?

    I wonder if MSU still does this?

    Dr. William Miller, Director of Libraries and Learning Resources
Florida Atlantic University, PO Box 3092, Boca Raton, FL  33431
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