Library behind the scenes: Print Journals Teams

The print journals teams at the Sheila Silver and Headingley Libraries look after the 550 print titles to which we currently subscribe.

These include a range of academic journals in subjects from advanced nursing to vacation marketing and also foreign language titles such as Stern and Le Point, trade journals such as The Grocer and Building, and magazines such as New Statesman and Prospect.

As well as the current subscriptions, we maintain back issues of hundreds of journals. A separate team, based at Headingley Library, sets up and maintains access to the thousands of electronic journals available via Discover and the ejournals A-Z list.

During the summer we continue to record which new journal issues we receive, chase up any missing issues, and order new print and online journal subscriptions. We carry out an annual renewal process for all subscriptions and, carry out some of the most basic jobs – but arguably the most important! – sending titles off for binding, tidying and finding the “hidden” titles that have been secreted around the Library and making sure there is room for all new journals on the shelves.

Our oldest title is the January-June 1846 volume of the Illustrated London News, which includes coverage of Corn Law debates, Faraday’s Royal Institution lecture on “Magnetism and Light”, and a West Riding election in which “not the slightest excitement is manifested in any part of the Riding.”

Our more recent titles offer insight into upcoming fashion trends (Vogue, Collezioni Trends and Uomi Collezioni) and the technical side of the latest movies (International Cinematographers Guild Magazine and Cinefex).

So come and have a browse of our display shelf or colourful rolling stacks – you might be surprised at what you’ll find!