Serials collections at two year colleges BILL DREW 03 Dec 1992 16:54 UTC
While I enjoy and learn from the discussion of serials problems at large colleges, are there any librarians out there at two year colleges and small four year institutions that would like to share experiences and problems? I am a librarian at a two year agricultural and technical college in rural upstate New York. We have an enrollement of 3000 FTEs. We presently are subscribing to 550 journals and 15 newspapers. The serials collection is just one of my responsibilities. We do manual checkin and claiming. We use READMORE as our vendor and UMI for microfilm. I have one clerk that does checkin, bindery, mail, and many other chores. One major problem we have is getting claims done fast enough. Many publishers will not retain back issues beyond a month or two. This is especially true for those that use subscription agents such as NEODATA. I get sick of those little white post cards saying our subscription will be extended because the issues are no longer available. I used to do our claiming via READMORE's online system ROSS but have now changed to faxing in claims because it takes less time and response time from READMORE seems to be better. Another major problem we have is magazines disappearing off shelves or getting slit. We do not have the space or personnel to have closed stacks. We put a security strip in every magazine that we keep. How are other campuses handling that problem? Thank you for your time. Wilfred Drew (Call me "Bill") Serials/Ref./Systems Librarian & CYBERNAUT State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology P.O. Box 902; Morrisville, NY 13408-0902 BITNET: DREWWE@SNYMORVA Internet: DREWWE@SNYMORVA.CS.SNYMOR.EDU Phone: (315)684-6055 or 684-6060 Fax: (315)684-6115 Any opinions expressed here are mine and are subject to change without notice.