My name is Carrie Jackson and I am a librarian at the University of Alberta John A. Weir Law Library in Edmonton, Alberta.
Our library is currently reviewing its serials collection and is attempting to develop a way to identify specific looseleaf titles that could be cancelled and instead, ordered every 2-5 years as monographs.
I hope that some of you may be able to answer a few questions for me:
- Have you found it necessary to evaluate how you keep your loose leaf collection up to date?
- Have you gone through any kind of process of cancellation and subsequent ordering of a title as a monograph 2-5 years later?
- Does your law library have any sort of criteria or policy in terms of your looseleaf collections for retention or cancellation? For example, foreign vs. Canadian vs. top subjects taught at the law school.
- If so, what are your criteria? For example, staff time, price, frequency of updating, etc.
- What is the process for identifying these titles to be cancelled or retained?
- How do you keep track of the titles you want to reorder on a periodic basis?
I would welcome any information or insight you might have in relation to this topic. Please email me at email@example.com
Thanks and Happy Holidays!