Monday, July 14, 2008

Good Idea for Subscription Evalutions

Back in June, the Rainbird Librarian at Ketchikan public library wrote about how she determined the popularity of magazines in a post at

As part of the decision-making process, I go through and count how many times each issue of each magazine has been read and/or checked out (one of the reasons we ask people to leave magazines on the tables rather than reshelving them is because we keep count of this use).

Based on this process, she has ranked 109 serial publications at the library according to their usage. Most popular magazine? Fine Homebuilding followed by National Geographic. See her post for more results.

This seems like a very user way of making choices about what must stay and what could go in a pinch. It's an idea I might run by people in my library to see if we could make it work here. One measure we use is requests for articles from our state employee table of contents service.

Do you measure magazine/journal usage at your library? If so, how?

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