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Meg Mitchell

Logue Library
Chestnut Hill College


From: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [mailto:SERIALST@LISTSERV.NASIG.ORG] On Behalf Of Bell, W Michael
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2015 9:34 AM
Subject: [SERIALST] Subscription agent versus doing it yourself


Hello all,


Our Dean has been making noises about the possibility of our abandoning the use of a subscription agent and handling subscription/renewal/claiming/billing issues ourselves.  Despite our having reduced the number of individually priced titles from thousands to hundreds by grasping publisher packages, I still shudder at the idea of trying to do this ourselves. 


Over the past couple of years I have seen eloquent justifications for the use of serials jobbers posted to the listserv by colleagues, particularly in the wake of the Swets collapse.  Regrettably, I cannot find any of these in my e-mail archive.   So I appeal to our collective wisdom for specifics as to why the use of a jobber is efficient and cost-effective.  Certainly I have reasons why I would prefer not to discontinue the use of a jobber, but being able to include comments from other libraries will simply strengthen my argument, or remind me of things that I have forgotten or never experienced.


So please feed me your comments, justifications, and experiences, good or bad. 






W. Michael Bell

Assistant Dean and Head of Collection Services Department

UTC Library

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga




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