Answered By: Ewan McCubbin Last Updated: Aug 25, 2015 Views: 43
Many thanks for taking the time to complete a You Said/We Did comments card in the Library earlier this semester. Please accept my sincere apologies for not replying to your comments for so long – I’ve been somewhat behind on this task of late.
I’ve spoken to one of my colleagues who advises that the main reason the new books display has been reduced is that more of our newer acquisitions are being catalogued straight into store rather than onto the open shelves. This practice was introduced last year in an attempt to address a number of issues –
· The increase in the amount of new books being purchased as a result of the related increase in our book fund in recent years;
· The very real space crisis faced by the Library with open bookshelves on level 3, resulting in more books being held in storage;
· The need to improve the user interface to new print stock in SAULCAT by enabling recall of this stock directly by users and also much sooner after purchase. Users could previously request items identified in the catalogue as being at “processing” but this was only possible by verbal/email request and was not felt to be intuitive. As a result of this change in our processes, our users are not only able to more quickly find out about new acquisitions but also to actually place a hold on such titles.
Unfortunately it would be administratively challenging for us to process new stock intended to go straight to store in such a way that it went on to the new books display first and then into store. I should add that all urgent books, reading list material, plus material which is non-standard – e.g. folios, periodicals, reference and DVDs – of course continue to be fully catalogued to the open shelves.
However, my colleague tells me that she will still look into the possibility of at least a minimal increase in the numbers of books being displayed. Thanks again for your feedback and my apologies once more for the long delay in sending you a reply.
Ewan McCubbin (Assistant Director)