Who We Are

  • Donna Skekel, Serials/Electronic Collections Librarian (x6895)

What We Do

The Serials Department fulfills the library mission by ensuring that users have quick access to a large collection of serial publications which support student and faculty research. Serial publications include regularly published journals, magazines, newspapers, annual reviews, yearbooks, conference proceedings, and newsletters or bulletins in print, electronic, and microfilm formats.

We do this by:

  • Cataloging of electronic/print serials, microfilm sets, databases, and Internet resources
  • Using a link resolver to bring users from citation databases to full text articles for seamless research
  • Maintaining accurate holdings information to connect the user to the information they need through Journal Locator and MUSCAT
  • Troubleshooting journal distribution and electronic access problems
  • Daily receiving, check-in, and shelving for print subscriptions
  • Claiming missing print issues and tracking publishing changes
  • Preparing, processing, and shipping/receiving journals, music scores and repair books to/from bindery to increase longevity of our library collections
  • Organizing our most popular or frequently read journals and newspapers in the display area of the main floor of the library for user convenience or enjoyment

Serials Collection

Serials are found at several different locations throughout the Library:

  • The browsable print journals area on the main floor of the Library contains current issues of popular magazines, journals, and newspapers shelved by title.
  • The compact shelving located on the ground floor of the Library contains current and archival issues of scholarly journals and magazines shelved according to the publication's call number. 
  • The microfilm cabinets at the back of the ground floor contain newspapers and journals on microfilm, as well as microfilm sets.

To locate the various serial publications:

  • Use Journal Locator to browse and search all journal titles available through Musselman Library.
  • Use the Library's online catalog, MUSCAT to locate Internet resources and databases.
  • There is also an alphabetical list of databases to browse through available databases.
  • Browse the research guides for recommended databases and tools for your topic.

Resources & Tools 

The Serials Department utilizes a variety of resources and tools to accomplish its tasks in compliance with accepted standards for description and access:

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