This book, first published in 1990, examines in detail 12 serials departments, both large and small, that experts have selected as representative examples of notable serials departments. The departments have in common a general reputation in the serials field as being good operations, in the sense of providing optimum services to their users despite the challenges of current-day problems in financial planning and collection re-evaluation and shaping. The examples offered serve mainly to suggest what works well in the serials operation today. Despite the lack of space devoted to the good serials department or the often crisis-oriented approach to serials problems that is occasionally emphasized in the literature, the ‘good serials operation’ undeniably exists and always has. Certain serials departments receive the utmost praise from librarian colleagues and faculty/student users alike. This authoritative volume shows that good serials librarianship remains what it has always been - a means of providing serials and the information in them to an ever-widening audience of readers and researchers. Economic changes may alter the pattern of serials department services, but they do not alter the real and ultimate goals of the serials department.
1. The Serials Department Revealed Peter Gellatly 2. The Serials Department at UCLA Margaret McKinley, Herbert Jones and Michael H. Randall 3. Serials Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library Betsy Kruger 4. In Media Res: A Serials Department in Transition Jean Walter Farrington 5. Serials Control: Meeting the Challenge at the University of Oklahoma Sue Anne Harrington 6. Serials in Transition: the University of Iowa Experience Ruth Christ, Mary Monson and Marjorie Wilhite 7. Serials Control at Texas A&M University: Dispersion or Integration? Marifran Bustion 8. Plus Ca Change: Improving Services Through Good Serials Control Elizabeth N. Steinhagen and Lynn N. Baird 9. The Evolution of the Serials Unit at California State University, Fullerton Teresa Malinowski 10. The Serials Circle: Workflow in the Serials Department at Iowa State University Janet Arcand, Lori Osmus and Thomas Townsend 11. Jacksonville State University: A Serials Department in Transition Mary D. Bevis and William J. Hubbard 12. Periodicals in the Worcester State College Learning Resources Center Pamela R. McKay 13. Serials Management at the Science and Engineering Library of Leeds University Paul Robert Green 14. Introduction to the Periodicals Department of the Shanghai Library, The People's Republic of China Hanyu Tao, Zili Fang and Charles Cole