32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Friday, November 9 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
National Union Catalog: Asset or Albatross? A Survey of Mid-Size Academic Libraries Up Against the Wall of the 754 Volume NUC: Pre-1956 Imprints.

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The 754 volume NUC presents several challenges for mid-sized academic libraries: The NUC is an iconic, pre-digital masterpiece; contains unique bibliographic information; occupies a very large footprint in the stacks; and is lightly or never used by librarians, faculty, and students. Mid-size academic libraries face collection challenges unique to a mission that falls somewhere between that of the large research institutions and smaller liberal arts institutions. Where do they draw the line on depth of the collection? Should older now somewhat esoteric paper reference sets like the NUC be withdrawn to make room for more pressing needs? How does one decide? What are other libraries doing? The presenters share findings of a survey of 60 mid-size academic libraries on their perception of the continued utility of the NUC pre-56 set and their ultimate decision on whether to keep or discard the venerable NUC. The presentation is followed by a discussion of the considerations surrounding retention of many large, older finding aids (e.g., national bibliographies, Cumulative Book Index, etc.) by mid-sized institutions not mandated to have a comprehensive collection.

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John P. Abbott

Coordinator, Collection Management, Appalachian State University
John Abbott is Coordinator of Collection Management @ Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.  He previously served as North Carolina State University’s Associate Head of Collection Management with responsibilities for life sciences/agriculture, and as Texas A&M University’s... Read More →
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Allan Scherlan

Social Sciences Librarian, Appalachian State University
Allan Scherlen is the collections management librarian for the social sciences at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Allan has published articles on various issues related to collection management, publishing, open access, and international librarianship in Collection Development... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2012 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Addlestone Library Room 120 205 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401