In addition to the titles listed in Innopac, the dental library maintains a collection of newsletters, bulletins, reports, and a host of other ephemeral materials that we believe to be of interest to our patrons. Throughout the year, we receive a wide variety of publications that we make available for our patrons to peruse at their leisure where the current unbound journals are shelved. Although referred to collectively as the Browsing Collection, this compilation of publications is comprised of two distinct sections: Louisiana Newsletters and Newsletter Browsing.
The Louisiana Newsletters section is precisely what its name implies: a collection of publications from various sources throughout the state. The majority of these publications are LSUHSC newsletters. However, the section also has bulletins from such diverse sources as the State Library of Louisiana and the Gillis Long Hansenís Disease Center. We also strive to maintain copies of newsletters from the various regional and state dental societies, such as the New Orleans Dental Hygienistsí Association, the Louisiana Dental Association, and the Greater Baton Rouge Dental Association. The current year of Louisiana newsletters is on display; all prior issues of all Louisiana newsletters are permanently retained in the serials office.
The Newsletter Browsing section is markedly larger than its Louisiana-only counterpart. This section houses international and domestic newsletters, bulletins, journals, and other similar publications. The subjects that these publications address are varied, but most concern dentistry. We maintain an assortment of materials, from dental school bulletins such as the University of Tennessee Alumni Bulletin, to state dental society newsletters such as the Oregon Dental Association Membership Matters, to advertising supplements included in journals, such as Strategies for Success. We also display many popular dental magazines such as Contemporary Esthetics and Restorative Practice, Dentistís Money Digest, and Dental Practice Report. In addition to the many dental publications, this section holds numerous higher education and general scientific bulletins. The Chronicle of Higher Education, Journal of Pain, University Business, and American Scientist are just a few of the titles that one can find in Newsletter Browsing. Though the library keeps all previous issues of Louisiana newsletters, it keeps items in the Newsletter Browsing collection on file for the current and previous year only. There are some exceptions to this policy, and it is best to consult a library staff member if you are looking for a particular item in this section.
At first glance it may appear that there is no discernable order by which all of the browsing materials are displayed, but the items in both sections of the Browsing Collection are filed by the parent organization, and not by the publication title. The front cover should have an indication of how that particular newsletter is to be filed.
The contents of both components of the Browsing Collection are always changing, because we rely on the generosity of LSUSD faculty and, in most cases, the publishers themselves for donations of the newsletters in this collection. The library staff has access to a database that tracks such changes, and they will be able to provide detailed holdings information.