Serials standards work: The next frontier

Sally C. Tseng, Janet L. Arcand, Judith M. Brugger, Margaret Finn, Anton J Olson, Sally Somers

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Serials, one of the more complicated areas of library technical endeavors, has lacked the benefit of standards for a long time. Even now, with standards beginning to be available, the majority of institutions are not working within standard serials formats. A survey to determine the use of serials standards in libraries was conducted in 1988 by the American Library Association, Resources and Technical Services Division, Serials Section, Committee to Study Serials Standards. In the spring of 1988 a survey was sent to a group encompassing the Association of Research Libraries members, CONSER participants, United States Newspaper Program participants, Microform Project libraries, and some vendors and librarians who attended the Committee meetings on a regular basis. The survey questionnaire assessed the current level of serials standards awareness of librarians and vendors. Topics included the type of serials systems used, standards relevant to serials control and union listing and whether or not they are implemented, types and levels of training staff received in the application of standards, benefits of the standards, and areas where standards are most needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalLibrary Resources and Technical Services
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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