Hello list!

I know this is a question that has come up over and over in the history of serials management (and yes, I am searching the list archives!), but I still thought I would ask the collective wisdom of the list. We currently use EBSCO to order most of our serials. However, over the years we have noticed that EBSCO no longer offers monetary benefits it used to (since we apparently don’t count staff time as a benefit). Day after day we are offered deals directly from publishers (renew now for 25% off cover price!) that EBSCO either can’t or won’t match. I thought that one of the benefits of purchasing through an agent was that they could negotiate lower prices due to bulk ordering, but it doesn’t seem like this is the case with EBSCO.  Furthermore EBSCO seems to be offering less and less print + online packages. I don’t know if this is because the publishers are being greedy or what, but titles we used to get both print + online for $200 we can now get a print copy for $200 and a separate online subscription for $150… We are a relatively small library (around 300 serials). So my questions to the list are: Has anyone gone from a vendor back to ordering direct? Has anyone read a good study on a cost benefit analysis of publishers discount offers vs. purchasing through a vendor? Even though we are relatively small I would rather not go title by title to figure out if leaving our vendor would be worth it.

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Beth Vernaci

Library Assistant

AFSCME Information Center



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