Current Periodicals Integrated with General Collection

The use of library resources and spaces have changed over the years. One library area impacted by the move to digital resources and the increasing need for more collaborative work spaces is the Current Periodicals Area in the Lower Level, West Wing of the Golda Meir Library. This area once housed the latest issues of an estimated 12,000 journals but now contains less than 600 titles, with that number decreasing each month as more titles move to a digital format. To make better use of this space, the Libraries are discontinuing the practice of keeping the latest issues of journals in Current Periodicals and will now shelve all journal issues, regardless of currency, in the general stacks by call number. This move does not affect older issues already housed in Compact Shelving.

In mid-June, we will begin moving all journal issues to the general stacks. This transition will take some time and patrons wishing to use the most current issue of a journal may consult the online catalog to determine if that title has been moved to the stacks or if it is still in-process. Librarians at the Ask A Librarian desk are available to assist users as needed. If an issue the patron is seeking is in-process, the patron may ask at the Main Circulation Desk and staff will retrieve the desired issue. Faculty who have used issues previously shelved in Current Periodicals for class assignments may wish to consult with a librarian (http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/ask/) regarding the assignment.

The resulting space freed up in the former Current Periodicals area will be used to create, in response to faculty and student requests, more collaborative study and research spaces. It will also provide us more space to expand our growing Media Library, as its use is increasing.

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