Acquisitions trip to a Canberra newsagency
Recently a team of people from the Library's Australian Serials section went to a local newsagency looking for issues of new serial titles which otherwise may never have made their way into the national collection.
5 October 2010
We didn’t pinch it from the doctor’s waiting room really… Serials - aka journals, periodicals, magazines, newsletters, newspapers etc - form a big part of the National Library’s printed collection. The Australian Serials unit is the section within the Library that has responsibility for making sure the Library’s Australian serial collection keeps on growing. One of the ways we find new serial titles to add to the collection is by periodically visiting a newsagency and browsing the shelves to see what’s new. Recently four lucky staff from Australian Serials were sent on such an excursion, on a particularly fine example of a Canberra spring day, to read a few magazines…oops…I mean look for new titles. After whiling away a couple of very pleasant hours checking out lots of interesting glossy magazines, we uncovered quite a stack of new titles for the collection. With our purchased goodies in tow, we left the newsagency to head back to the Library all excited about what we had found. We are now working hard to make these titles available to readers and researchers, and to make sure their publishers know they should send future issues to us. Goodies found included Australian Bride & Groom, Football+, Landscaping with Colour, and the Ultimate Boating and Lifestyle Magazine to name just a few, so be sure to keep an eye out for these on the catalogue next time you’re having a browse.