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Things You Do Not Know About Your Library
(Rather, things I didn't know about the libraries)

  1. A monograph is really a book
  2. .
  3. What we call as journals, the librarians refer to as titles.
  4. Books are sold upon their publication, whereas the periodicals are sold before their publication
  5. .
  6. Most libraries have bigger annual budgets for periodicals than for books.
  7. Libraries pay a different (typically higher) price for aquisitions than individuals and departments would, for the same item
  8. .
  9. The library business is dominated by a few large and influential companies (no wonder startups like ebrary have a hard time competing).
  10. The best way to support a library is to use it (Library visitations are on a sharp decline all over the world).
  11. The librarians (altruists), are in a constant battle with the publishers (capitalists) to represent the best interests of the the knowledge-seekers
  12. .
  13. The shopping list of libraries (this is especially true of corporate libraries) is a closely guarded secret, because it reveals the focus of research activity in the organization

Update Jan 13, 2003 -- Karen Gorss Benko, a catalog librarian writes that Video and Sound recordings are also referred to as monographs. Thank you Karen!

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Friday, January 25, 2002
Last Modified: 3/30/2003
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