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"Other" items in the library's collection

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September 2, 2009


Susan Mark, WY


Also -- this library pointed out something I'd never noticed before. There's no data element where we collect "other" items in the library's collection. Her question came up in terms of computer programs they circulate. I've seen list discussions on PUBLIB where they talk about all the oddball items libraries circulate -- puzzles & games pretty common, but have also seen tools and candy molds and all manner of other things.



Bruce Pomerantz, MN

Minnesota does have an "Other" for miscellaneous items in the collection.


I raised this issue early in my tenure but didn't have much, if any support, on the matter. Perhaps that we now count non-corporeal items as electronic serials, databases and e-books, we should revisit counting non-traditional physical items.

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Ann Reed said

at 2:07 am on Jan 12, 2013

Ann Reed, OR
We never said we would count absolutely everything at the Federal level. Oregon has a "other" materials item, but i find libraries doing things such as counting their paperback trade rack. At the federal level, is it important that we count the odd balaliaka, Rosetta Stone duplicates, fishing rods, etc? I'd say not.

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