|Title:||Document Serials, Technical Reports, and The National Bibliography
|Author(s):||Gillies, Thomas D.
|Subject(s):||Serials control systems
|Abstract:||Bibliographically, document serials, do not differ substantially from other
serials. Their acquisition is largely dependent upon the use of enumerative
bibliographies which identify them; their use, upon the subject bibliographies
which give some measure of control over their contents. Based on local
requirements, every library has its own problems to consider storage,
convenient availability, paper quality but bibliographic access is the common
need that they all share. If libraries are willing to accept Osborn's definition
that "on practical grounds a serial can be defined as any item which lends
itself to serial treatment in a library,"
1 then a great bulk of government
document publication falls into the province of this conference. One
reasonable estimate, based on a university library's receipts of documents, is
that "80 percent of the material published by the United States government is
serial in nature."2
It is safe to assume that a comparable percentage pertains
in most large libraries for state and foreign government acquisition.
While today there are many bibliographic aids for serials and for
documents that were not available a few years ago, the acquisition librarian's
and the serial records librarian's approach to document serials whether for
serial titles or for individual issues is often far from direct or automatic.
Librarians are fortunate to have New Serial Titles from 1950, which gives far
better coverage of state, federal, and foreign documents than the Union List
Serials did, but as with any cooperative compilation, librarians must be
grateful for what they find, and philosophic about what they do not find.
|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: 146-160.
|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