If you’re an avid reader of
newspapers or magazines…wait, that is, if you’re an avid reader of newspapers and magazines in their paper format, then maybe you’ve spent time in the Harman Periodical Reading Room located on the ground floor of the Davis Family Library. Comfy blue chairs, copies of the Burlington Free Press, New York Times, الأهرام (Al-Ahram from Egypt), 人民日报 (The China People’s Daily), and The Times of India to name just a few. Sound familiar?
Over the winter break we moved thirty-six of our most popular magazines to Harman from our current periodical shelves. So now, twenty-four of our newspapers from around the world live side-by-side with thirty-six magazines. So, if you have the urge to leaf through the most recent copy of Wired, The Economist, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Atlantic, MacWorld, Mother Earth News, or many others, pull up a chair.
Those of you using Apple’s Newsstand app for your magazine and newspaper reading can kindly ignore this message.
Since moving in to the Davis Family Library six years ago, we who keep track of print periodicals have received some good news and some bad news. The good news: print periodicals get used a lot more in this Library than they did in our previous building. The bad news: print periodicals get used a lot more in this Library than they did in our previous building.
In particular, it has come to my attention a number of times in recent weeks that print issues of Consumer Reports seem to vanish from the shelf, more or less forever. We try to keep the current year’s issues on the shelf. However, a week or so ago, there were two “current” issues, one from February 2010 and the most recent one, dated August 2010. As I write this, there are none – neither on the shelf nor in the ‘usual’ reshelving areas.
I’m posting this to specifically ask anyone who sees or knows of Library copies of Consumer Reports to please see that they get returned to the Current Periodicals area on the Lower Level of the Davis Family Library.
I will also take this opportunity to point out that, for many of our titles, the issues we have in Current Periodicals are the very same issues that we send to be bound and then house in Bound Periodicals. (I am surprised how many people think we buy bound volumes separately.) We have some gaps in our bound holdings because the print issues we received, apparently, grew legs and vanished.
Anyone who comes in to the Davis Family Library is more than welcome to take an issue of any of our print titles and sit down anywhere in the building they find comfortable to peruse or study that issue. If you do, though, when you are finished, please leave it in plain sight so we can gather them and put them back on the shelf.
On behalf of everyone who still likes to read things on paper sometimes – thank you!