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Jacksonville State University: A Serials Department in Transition

WithMary D. Bevis, William J. Hubbard

The Serials Department at Jacksonville State University is in transition between the fully manual recordkeeping and materials tracking system of several years ago, and full integration with the recently installed NOTIS online public access catalog. Locally developed PC-based programs have helped bridge the gap between the manual and integrated systems by improving efficiency of work flow and materials control. Further automation through cancellation of little-used indexes and replacement by online literature searches on demand has helped contain ever-increasing serials costs. Future consolidation of eight current periodicals and reserve reading service desks in the subject divisions, and completion of the NOTIS implementation will enhance access while reducing staffing requirements.