I'll take one of everything!
Now, of course, titles could be moved off the purchase orders if you decided you really didn't want to buy something, but you can imagine how often that happened, right? I mean, beyond the whole inertia factor, I think most librarians here are of the "more, not less" variety. And, after all, if it was mentioned in one of the journals it must be worthy, right? Kirkus, for some reason, was never accorded the same sort of automatic purchase respect. I wonder why......
Taking out the blockbusters, which we were going to buy regardless of what journal they showed up in, many of the books that we bought this way had very, very poor circ. I think the bigger sin for us, though, was how sure we were that we were buying all we needed to buy between those journals and publisher catalogs. When I think about how the journals often repeat titles (Nora Roberts' Chasing Fire appeared in PW and Booklist, not to mention Kirkus, B&T Advance, etc.) and how few titles they mention just because of space issues, it makes me wonder how many authors/books/genres we missed.
Is this one of the reasons for the myth that libraries are always 1 to 12 steps behind the general reading public?
I know, I know. You can't look everywhere. I get that, I do. I also get that with fewer staff and more library demand, time is an issue. With more websites to look through as well as genre specific journals, web catalogs, print catalogs, netgalley....has the tide turned now so that fewer "literary fiction" titles are being selected in favor of more popular authors and titles? Ellora's Cave, Torquere, Bold Strokes Books.....popular with patrons, definitely not "mainstream" enough to make it to the Big 3 with any regularity, if at all.
So I'm curious, do any of you have automatic order journals and/or magazines?