|Title:||Serial Records: A Mechanism for Control
|Subject(s):||Serials control systems
|Abstract:||Consideration of serials has, to some extent, been pushed aside, allegedly
temporarily, as we have struggled for solutions to many other complex library
problems. The sheer volume of serial holdings in large research libraries and
the enormous resources required to gain control over them have caused
administrators to face what sometimes must seem like an intolerable dilemma.
They see the need for relieving a deteriorating situation, but they are
understandably reluctant to pour funds into what many of them view as a
At the same time the astronomic rise in the quantity of serial literature
in recent years cannot be ignored. Today the reputation of a research library
depends on its total holdings, and serials represent a very sizable portion of a
research collection. Some major libraries estimate that as much as
three-fourths of their holdings are serials, and it has been indicated that in
science and technology alone more than 50,000 serials are published
It has always seemed something of a paradox to me that concentrated
attention to problems of serials controls has been so long delayed at a time in
our history when the scientists who are so dependent on them are more and
more active. Librarians have been quick to institute acquisitions arrangements
that would insure collection of the scientific and technical publications for
which the scientists have clamored. Yet one of the greatest disenchantments
of the scientific researcher for a very long time has been the lack of adequate
control over serial publications. He has not been timid either about expressing
his unhappiness as he has repeatedly asked why librarians have not been more
concerned about providing easier access to journals and their contents. Serials,
therefore, are very much with us and the problems of their control are not
going to vanish.
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In W.C. Allen (ed). 1969. Serial publications in large libraries. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 108-119.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (16th : 1969)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1969.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-17