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Serials in Libraries: Issues and Practices
by Steve Black
This introduction to serials in libraries presents current issues and practices for library school students, beginning serials librarians, and experienced librarians new to serials management. Managing serials has become increasingly difficult as the cost of subscriptions rises faster than the rate of inflation and budgets remain the same or are cut. This covers collection ...more
Paperback, 193 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Libraries Unlimited
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I'm hesitant to review this book because no one on my friends list would be interested in reading it, not even the librarians. Serials librarianship is a lonesome calling. However, I'm keeping track of every book I read this year, so here's what I think of this one: very thorough and informative. Good introduction to the collection and uses of serials in libraries and the history behind current practices.
This was a very helpful book for assessing the lay of the land in serials librarianship, which is a rapidly changing field. The book gave me some ideas about strategies for handling current space and usage issues, as well as several ideas for long-term studies. Serials librarianship is about much more than checking in items (and, in fact, I do next to none of that)and this books highlights some of the main areas of focus -- it's about scholarly publishing, information literacy, and wise financia ...more