Catalogs

Jan Derks (jderks@ald.lib.co.us)
Mon, 31 Jan 2000 08:12:55 -0800 (PST)

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Am interested in how you deal with the many catalogs you receive on a
regular basis - especially with companies who have catalog access on
their website. It seems like a full-time job trying to handle, file and
weed catalogs! How do you decide which catalogs to keep and how to file
them? I currently file "subject-specific" catalogs by subject and
shelve catalogs that cover a variety of subject areas by company name.
Am reluctant to throw paper catalogs away when that company may have
what I need, if it's an area that I've not ordered in before. Do you
USE catalogs? Do you index companies by the subjects they represent and
just call them when you need a video on a subject? Do you bookmark your
favorite companies? Do you just use Bowker's Complete Video Directory
or another source to find what you need? When you get a catalog, do you
immediately file it or do you look through it before filing it? Would
love ideas on ways to handle catalog mail more efficiently.
Thanks in advance!
Jan Derks
Arapahoe Library District, Littleton, CO

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Am interested in how you deal with the many catalogs you receive on a regular basis - especially with companies who have catalog access on their website.  It seems like a full-time job trying to handle, file and weed catalogs!  How do you decide which catalogs to keep and how to file them?  I currently file "subject-specific" catalogs by subject and shelve catalogs that cover a variety of  subject areas by company name.  Am reluctant to throw paper catalogs away when that company may have what I need, if it's an area that I've not ordered in before.  Do you USE catalogs?  Do you index companies by the subjects they represent and just call them when you need a video on a subject?  Do you bookmark your favorite companies?  Do you just use Bowker's Complete Video Directory or another source to find what you need?  When you get a catalog, do you immediately file it or do you look through it before filing it? Would love ideas on ways to handle catalog mail more efficiently.
Thanks in advance!
Jan Derks
Arapahoe Library District, Littleton, CO
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