Grace Di Virgilio <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Dear Colleagues,... "why do you keep these old journals - they're irrelevant?" (referring to our 7000 bound >journals that date back to 1980)."

We have pretty serious space problems [one 20' x 40' room with a collection of around 175 journal subscriptions and about 2000 book volumes + three computers and a copy machine. I keep on asking for space, but more space is not likely in the near future.  ... So, I keep a tally of what journals from what years get used.  [I use what's on the tables, what is requested and what gets photocopied to determine what's being used].

I use the information to cite statistics when I need to support keeping old journals [for example, 327 of 1096 journal uses last year, were from 1985-1990 journals].  It's time consuming, but useful for convincing decision makers.

Larger collections could use random sample methods for data collection, maybe?

Penny Martin
Medical Librarian
Prince George's Hospital Center
Cheverly  MD  20785
VOICE #: (301) 618-2490
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