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Serials Surgeon Cutting Deep to Save the Patient Philenese Slaughter Serials Librarian Austin Peay State University Aaron W. Dobbs Network Services Librarian Austin Peay State University

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serials surgeon

Serials Surgeon

Cutting Deep to Save the Patient

Philenese Slaughter

Serials Librarian

Austin Peay State University

Aaron W. Dobbs

Network Services Librarian

Austin Peay State University

Slaughter, P., Dobbs, A. (2002, October 18).Serials Surgeon: Cutting deep to save the patient. Presented at the 2002 TLA CULS Conference, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN. Retrieved <date you accessed this>, from http://aaron.thelibrarian.org/presentations/SerialsSurgeon.ppt

dr s notes
Dr’s notes
  • Slashers review
    • Librarians explained situation and options
    • Departments recommended cuts
    • Librarians reviewed cuts
    • Serials personnel made cuts
    • Budget situation made departmental acceptance less grudging
    • Departments mostly accepted done deal
will they survive doctor
Will they survive, Doctor?
  • Why yes, my Dear. And against all odds they appear to be improving
    • Some departments have used this project to clear out what they consider to be deadwood
    • These same departments have subsequently refocused their serial selections
  • Anecdotally, students seem to be heading straight for electronically available sources, bypassing legitimate paper sources held locally
    • Currently printing is no charge while photocopies are $0.10
    • Electronic sources are seen as less effort
    • The ubiquitous copy & paste
pain management
Pain Management
  • Modify Serials management tools for long term observation
    • Redesign Use Study database for clarity
    • Continue collecting reshelving data
      • Acknowledge that reshelving data is imperfect
    • Determine or develop a way to track usage of electronic serials
      • Not nearly as easy as it sounds
  • Monitor Serials Budget
    • Only make new purchases where old title $$ deselections are equal
      • Attempt to utilize electronic access to “fill out” the collection(JSTOR, Project Muse, etc)
    • Make sure there is a budgetary cushion for upcoming years through advocacy to university administration
x ray to scar
X-ray to Scar
  • Web based reports for faculty
  • Periodical Titles by Department
  • Deselected Titles List
  • Deselected titles by Department
  • Retained Titles by Department

Blank Copy of Database (Right-Click, Save Target As)