Hello Joanne,
When I transferred some print journals to online I always asked that question. Unfortunately, every publisher handles it differently. Some keep your online access to the years subscribed as long as you still subscribe to one of their titles, others ask you to pay a small access fee.
Good luck,
Hella Bluhm-Stieber, MLIS, AHIP
Medical Librarian
Milton J. Chatton Medical Library
Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System
751 S. Bascom Ave.
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 885-5654
Fax (408) 885-5655
Monday-Thursday, 9am - 1pm, closed Fridays and county holidays.

From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [mailto:SERIALST@list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Joanne Romano
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 5:43 AM
Subject: [SERIALST] Publisher cancellation policies

I am wondering how many librarians have dealt with this scenario;  we were not able to renew several of our long-standing journal subscriptions for 2010.  Most were journals we had subscribed for the last 10 years.


This is nothing new, but so far I’ve had one publisher cut off our online access completely because we no longer have a current subscription, and another publisher cut off access mid-year in 2009 for the same reason.  I’m wondering how many others will do the same.


It’s irritating  to have paid for content and then not be allowed to retain the access to years paid because you can’t keep up with the current subscription—There is nothing that can be done, of course;  publishers can enforce any policy they wish.  However, I am wondering how many other librarians have had to deal with this practice, and, have you had any success changing a publisher’s mind about cutting off access?






Joanne V. Romano, MLS

Licensing and Serials Librarian

Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library

1133 John Freeman Blvd.

Houston, TX  77030


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